I feel honoured to lead WTO, says Okonjo-Iweala




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The first female Director General the () Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has declared she is honoured to have been selected to lead the organisation.

am honoured to have been selected by as Director-General,” Okonjo-Iweala said on Monday afternoon.


“A strong is vital if we are to recover fully and rapidly from the devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

look forward to working with to shape and implement the responses we to get the global going again.

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

Okonjo-Iweala was appointed the DG on Monday after months uncertainty at the trade body.

The WTO thanked the Minister for her graciousness and patience through the selection process.

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

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

“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 organisation,” he added.

Walker, who is from Zealand, worked with co-facilitators Dacio Castillo (Honduras) and Harald Aspelund (Iceland) through the nine-month DG selection process.

The Nation