May 20, 2024
WTO: A strong WTO is vital if we are to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic — Dr. Okonjo-Iweala
History is made as Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala assumes as Director-General
– By Alison Godswill

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, apparently the first female director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has stressed the need for building a strong organization.

In her post-appointment remarks, obtained by The Daily. www.thedaily-ng.com, She said: “I am honoured to have been selected by WTO members as WTO Director-General,” Okonjo-Iweala said on Monday afternoon.

“A strong WTO is vital if we are to recover fully and rapidly from the devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to working with members to shape and implement the policy responses we need to get the global economy going again.

“Our organization faces a great many challenges but working together we can collectively make the WTO stronger, more agile, and better adapted to the realities of today.”

Also speaking, David Walker, the General Council chair, said: “This is a very significant moment for the WTO. On behalf of the General Council, I extend our warmest congratulations to Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her appointment as the WTO’s next Director-General and formally welcome her to this General Council meeting.

“Dr. Ngozi, on behalf of all members I wish to sincerely thank you for your graciousness in these exceptional months, and for your patience.”

She added: “We look forward to collaborating closely with you, Dr. Ngozi, and I am certain that all members will work with you constructively during your tenure as Director-General to shape the future of this organization.”

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