15 African Countries Back Dr. Okonjo-Iweala to Land WTO Job

NIGERIAN economist and international development expert, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s chances of becoming the Director General of the World Trade Organization – WTO, has received a boost, as 15 countries from Africa backed her to land the job.

The Heads of State and Governments of the 15 Economic Community of West African States – ECOWAS, endorsed the candidature of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

ECOWAS President, Mahamadou Issoufou, who is also the President of Niger Republic, made this known in a statement.

The 15 West African nations also urged other African countries as well as all others across the world to support the former finance Minister for the job.

“Since the creation of the WTO on January 1, 1995, which is a successor to the General Agreement on Tariff and Trade – GATT, established on January 1, 1948, no African has assumed the position of Director-General of the organization,” ECOWAS said.

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