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ECOWAS endorses Okonjo-Iweala for DG WTO

The ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government has endorsed the candidature of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), for the period 2021-2025. 

A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the apex ECOWAS body noted that since the creation of the WTO on 1 January 1995, which is a successor to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) established on 1 January 1948, no African has assumed the position of Director-General of the Organization. 

It explains that the Authority of Heads of State and Government endorsed the Candidate of Nigeria noting “Her long years of managerial experience at the top echelons of multilateral institutions, her established a reputation as a fearless reformer, her excellent negotiating and political skills, her experience of over 30 years as a Development Economist with a long-standing interest in trade, her excellent academic qualifications, her positions as Managing Director World Bank, and currently as Board Chair Gavi, and AU Special Envoy to Mobilize Financial Resources for the fight against Covid19”.

The body also called on other African countries as well as non-African countries to endorse her candidature.  

Hamza Alkali

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