After series of international political manoeuvre, Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been appointed the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), effective from March 1st, 2021.
The body confirmed her appointment, on Monday via a statement on Twitter:
“Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria is appointed as the next WTO Director-General.
“Dr. Okonjo-Iweala makes history as the first woman and the first African to lead the WTO.
“Her term starts on the 1st of March 2021,” the statement reads.
By the statement, the WTO members took the decision to appoint Mrs Okonjo-Iweala at a special meeting of the General Council, following a selection process that included eight candidates from around the world.