Okonjo-Iweala emerges World Trade Organisation’s DG

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Reported by Reuters

Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has emerged the Director General, World Trade Organisation, WTO.

According to Reuters, a key group of WTO ambassadors has proposed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to lead the UN agency.

The recommendation of former World Bank managing director, was made by three WTO ambassadors, the so-called “troika”.

This followed their consultation with members in a series of closed-door meetings in Geneva as part of an intricate and opaque process that some have compared to a papal succession.

Her endorsement by this powerful group has cleared the path for her to become the first woman and African to head the global watchdog in its 25-year history.

The proposal, which still needs full WTO approval, caps a more than four-month selection process involving intensive lobbying which saw her square up against South Korean trade minister Yoo Myung-hee in the final round.

It still needs to be approved by consensus at a meeting of the WTO’s 164 members.

In the run-up to the DG chair, Okonjo-Iweala had the support of AU and on Tuesday, the EU also pledged support.


  1. This report is misleading. The process is still on. It is not over untill it is all over. She is good for the job and has support from main stream owners but let’s allow the process come to an end.
    We can then, conclude.
    So far so good but she has not been elected. Though she will from all indications.

    • Stop it. ” A key group of WTO ambassadors has proposed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to lead the UN agency”, simply what that means is that SHE HAS IT ALREADY IN THE BAG. Congratulations!! I know that you will do a good job at the WTO. God bless.

  2. Congratulations madam for this great achievement. You made Nigeria as a country proud. God will give you good health and wisdom to run your new offfice in Jesus name.

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