Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Becomes First Female, African To Head World Trade Organisation

The former Nigerian finance minister and World Bank veteran will take up her post on March 1.

Geneva:

Nigerian economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was appointed Monday as the first female and first African head of the World Trade Organization, at a special general meeting.

“WTO members have just agreed to appoint Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next director-general,” the global trade body said in a statement, adding that the former Nigerian finance minister and World Bank veteran will take up her post on March 1. In 2005, Euromoney named Ngozi a global finance minister of the year.

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