Nigeria’s chief trade negotiator dies in Switzerland


Nigeria’s chief trade negotiator, Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe, has died in Geneva, Switzerland after a brief illness.

Osakwe, who is a retired diplomat, was the pioneer DG of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiation since June 6, 2017.

He died on Sunday.

His demise was announced on Twitter on Monday by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the late diplomat’s office.

Onyema said: “Immensely saddened by the passing of a true brother & friend, Amb. Chiedu Osakwe, DG, @TradeOfficeNG and Nigeria’s Chief Trade Negotiator. He gave so much. A huge loss for Nigeria, Africa and the global trade community. Irreplaceable & unforgettable. RIP.”

NOTN said in a statement by Emeka Chibuzkr, head of Strategy and Communication, that Osakwe was in the Nigerian foreign service after national service from July 23, 1979 till May 4, 1988.

He was an associate professor on international trade, diplomacy and negotiation at the International University in Geneva.

He was also at the World Trade Organisation for 19 years.

He was one of the drafters of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement and was an asset to the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union.

Burial arrangements will be announced later.