The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has approved Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The years of the new WTO DG will be between 2021 – 2025.

President of Niger and ECOWAS head, Mahamadou Issoufou, declared Okonjo-Iweala’s approval.

The statement signed by Mahamadou Issoufou appealed other African and non-African countries to back the former Nigerian Minister.

ECOWAS remembered that since WTO establishment on January 1, 1995, no African has been the Director General WTO.

The WTO had publicly released the procedure for the appointment with the opening and closing dates of nominations scheduled as 8 June and 8 July 2020 respectively.

ECOWAS admitted that, “the strong academic and professional background of Dr Okonjo-lweala and her very large experience in national affairs as Nigeria’s Finance Minister (2003-2006 and 2011-2015) and Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister briefly in 2006”.

Issoufou said that ECOWAS observed her “long years of managerial experience at the top echelons of multilateral institutions, her established 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”.

ECOWAS revealed that the leadership also was verified “her excellent academic qualifications, her positions as Managing Director World Bank, and currently as Board Chair Gavi, and African Union Special Envoy to Mobilize Financial Resources for the fight against COVID-19”.

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