Dr Okonjo-Iweala officially resumed duty as the DG of the WTO today, March 1, 2021.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Nigerian Finance Minister and the first woman and African to be appointed as Director-General of the World Trade Organization resumed her first day of work as WTO chief.This was disclosed in a social media statement on Monday morning by the WTO. Okonjo-Iweala said the WTO has lots of work to do and she feels ready to start
On her first day, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said she was eager to get straight to work as she took up her role on Monday as the first woman and first African to lead the beleaguered World Trade Organization (WTO). “I am coming into one of the most important institutions in the world and we have a lot of work to do,” the former Nigerian finance and foreign minister said as she arrived for her first day on the job in Geneva.
“I feel ready to go.” Hopes abound that the 66-year-old will be able to help the WTO address a range of towering challenges, including navigating through the global economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. “The WTO is too important to allow it to be slowed down, paralysed and moribund,” she told AFP a day after her nomination last month.