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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Becomes Director General, World Trade Organization

Written by anitaadims

The former Minister of Finance in Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, becomes the new Director General of the World Trade Organization. She is the first female and first African Director-General of the WTO. she emerged victorious in a free fair contest over her South Korean rival Ms Yoo Myung-hee, by a wide margin.

Okonjo-Iweala received widespread support from Africa and other continents before the election which took place today October 28. The official announcement is expected to be made by the WTO at 3pm Nigerian time today.

Okonjo-Iweala, 66, served as Nigeria’s first female Finance and later Foreign Affair minister, and has a 25-year career behind her as a development economist and international finance expert at the World Bank, eventually becoming its number two. She is also on Twitter’s board of directors and is a special envoy for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 fight.

 

 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerges Director General, World Trade Organization

 

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