Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala resumes as New WTO DG (Photos)
Former Minister of Finance in Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes over the World Trade Organization on Monday amid hopes that she will spur the beleaguered body into addressing its towering challenges, including the pandemic-fuelled global economic crisis.
Okonjo Iweala, while speaking her first day at work said she is set to hit the ground as the first woman and first African to lead the WTO.
She said, “I am coming into one of the most important institutions in the world and we have a lot of work to do.”
“I feel ready to go.”
The former minister added, “The WTO is too important to allow it to be slowed down, paralysed and moribund.” she told AFP a day after her nomination last month.
“I am hoping to be able to listen in and see what delegations have to say, what ambassadors have to say, about the key issues.”
The former Minister of finance was appointed after Brazilian career diplomat, Roberto Azevedo last August resigned, a year ahead of schedule.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who had spent 25 years at the World Bank was finally anointed by the WTO’s 164 members on February 15.
She is expected to address the global economic crisis at the WTO.