ECOWAS Endorses Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Job

 

THE Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has endorsed the candidature of Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) prime job.

The regional physique stated no African has assumed the place of the organisation’s director-general because it was created on January 1, 1995.

 

A press release by the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated the choice had the blessing of its highest physique, the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government.

It reads: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs needs to tell that the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government have endorsed the candidature of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the place of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), for the interval 2012-2025.

 

“The apex physique famous that for the reason that creation of the WTO on January 1, 1995, which is a successor to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) established on January 1, 1948, no African has assumed the place of Director-General of the organisation.

“The ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government endorsed the candidate of Nigeria, noting: ‘Her lengthy years of managerial expertise on the prime echelons of multilateral establishments, her established status as a fearless reformer, her glorious negotiating and political expertise, her expertise of over 30 years as a Development Economist with an extended standing curiosity in commerce, her glorious tutorial {qualifications}, her positions as Managing Director World Bank, and presently as Board Chair GAVI, and AU Special Envoy to Mobilise Financial Resources for the combat towards COVID-19.’

“The physique additionally referred to as on different African international locations in addition to non-African international locations to endorse her candidature.”

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