Buhari nominates Okonjo-Iweala for WTO DG

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former coordinating minister for the economy, for the position of Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), TheCable reports.

In a document seen by TheCable on Thursday, Buhari withdrew the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO, for the same position.

The election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in 2021 for a four-year term that would run from 2021 to 2025.

This is about the fifth international job the gifted economist would be getting this year, starting with her appointment in March by South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, to lead his country’s economic rebound.

The same Ramaphosa was to appoint Okonjo-Iweala, alongside Dr Donald Kaberuka, Mr Tidjane Thiam and Mr Trevor Manuel as Special Envoys of the African Union (AU) to mobilise international support for Africa’s efforts to address the economic challenges African countries will face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Again in April this year, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, her, to serve as a member of her newly established External Advisory Group.

This was quickly followed by her appointment by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a Special Envoy for WHO’s Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator.

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