Okonjo-Iweala begins tenure as WTO DG, calls for reforms

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The newly-elected Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has assumed office Monday.

Mrs Okonjo-Iweala, a former Nigerian finance minister, whose tenure will end on August 31, 2025 was historically choosen as the organisation’s seventh director general and the first African and woman to lead the WTO.

Presiding over the first council annual meeting under her leadership today, she pledged to restructure the global trade body.

“I’ll bring all my knowledge, passion, experience and persistence to the task at hand, reforming the organization and achieving results,” she says.