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World Trade Organization names its first female, African Director-General

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala will become the first woman and the first African to head the WTO

  • Former Nigerian finance minister appointed next WTO director-general
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes first WTO African chief
  • World Bank veteran was formally selected at WTO’s General Council meeting

World Trade Organization (WTO) announced in a press release today that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former finance minister of Nigeria, was appointed as the next director-general of the global trade body.

The decision was made at a special meeting of the WTO’s General Council at which the World Bank veteran was formally selected.

“Dr. Okonjo-Iweala will become the first woman and the first African to head the WTO. She will take up her duties on…

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