WTO DG Okonjo-Iweala Arrives Nigeria On Working Visit

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The new Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, arrived in Nigeria on Saturday on a one-week working visit.

On March 1, 2021, Okonjo-Iweala resumed at the Geneva-based WTO, breaking a 26-year record by becoming the first female and first African director-general of the global trade and dispute settlement body.

Addressing newsmen shortly after her arrival via the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, on Saturday, the 66-year-old former Finance Minister said she is in the country to see how to better assist Nigerian entrepreneurs and improve the economy.

She stressed the need for Nigeria to explore its share of trade in Africa through the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement.

She also said she will meet with the President General Muhammadu Buhari, and a number of ministers in the coming days.

The former World Bank directors had said her performance as WTO chief between March this year and August 31, 2025, will open doors for Africans and women to lead international organisations.

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