Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes first woman, first African to serve as director general of WTO

GLOBAL – The World Trade Organization (WTO) has officially selected Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian economist and former finance minister, to be its next leader, becoming the first woman and first African to serve as director general. The 66-year-old Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was appointed director-general of the World Trade Organization by representatives of the 164 member countries. She will assume the post on March 1 for a renewable term expiring on Aug. 31, 2025. The W.T.O.’s General Council, which includes representatives from all of the group’s 164 member countries, agreed in a…

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