Nigeria: Former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo in race for WTO leadership

They are two candidates to head the organization: a Korean, Yoo Myung-hee, and a Nigerian, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Portrait of the latter who carries the hopes of the African continent.

She is the first woman to serve as Finance Minister in Nigeria, and she also worked for 25 years at the World Bank. So she has an international career, and skills that have been praised in Nigeria.

“Excellent qualifications”

In particular, the Minister of Industry and Trade praised the candidate’s “ excellent qualifications “, which may enable her to “ revive the spirit of trade liberalization ” in an organization facing many challenges. The last candidate in the race with Korean Yoo Myung-hee, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala immediately thanked Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for his support, as well as his friends in Nigeria and throughout the world.

The Nigerian candidate highlights her experience “at the crossroads of trade and public health “, as she has notably piloted one of the WHO programmes in the fight against Covid-19 until recently. Many Nigerians have expressed their support for her candidacy on social networks. In any case, the task will be difficult for the future director of the WTO in the face of the global economic crisis and the crisis of confidence in the organization.

Source/ RFI

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