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Okonjo-Iweala officially begins work as WTO Director-General

Former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Monday took over officially as the new director-general of the World Trade Organization. Ngozi was last month elected the first woman and also first African to lead the institution. Her appointment was made shortly after WTO held a special general council meeting after receiving the backing of the US government. Okonjo-Iweala is now succeeding Brazilian Roberto Azevedo, who unexpectedly left the WTO at the end of August 2020, a year early than expected. Welcome to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala @NOIweala on her first day…

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African UN leaders criticize ‘sexist and racist’ coverage of WTO’s first female boss

– – Senior African leaders at the UN are unhappy with media coverage of the first female boss of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The WTO this month announced officially the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its new director-general. The former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi will take over the role effective March 1, becoming the first woman and also African to lead the institution. But reportage on her historic appointment has been criticised by African UN leaders who say “sexist and racist” language used in coverage of the appointment.…

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Okonjo-Iweala says no to ‘business as usual’ at the WTO

– – The new director-general of the World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has said she is ready to tackle the challenges of the institution. Ngozi will take over the role effective March 1, becoming the first woman and also African to lead the WTO. Her appointment was made shortly after WTO held a special general council meeting on Monday. BREAKING: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria is appointed as the next WTO Director-General. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala makes history as the first woman and the first African to lead the WTO. Her term starts…

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Okonjo-Iweala named first female and African WTO boss

– – The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Monday announced officially the appointment of former Nigeria’s finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its new director-general. Ngozi will take over the role effective March 1, becoming the first woman and also African to lead the institution. Her appointment was made shortly after  WTO held a special general council meeting on Monday. BREAKING: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria is appointed as the next WTO Director-General. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala makes history as the first woman and the first African to lead the WTO. Her term starts…

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala set to take historic role as WTO boss

– – Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is set to take up the role of the first woman, and first African Director-General of the World Trade Organization. In October 2020, she secured 104 out of 164 votes to become the first African to head the World Trade Organization. Okonjo-Iweala who was the only African left in the race beat South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee for the top role. Member countries in the European Union and ECOWAS all endorsed her candidacy but the USA under former president Trump opposed her candidacy. That forced the General Counsel…

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Okonjo-Iweala speaks out after U.S. opposed her WTO appointment

– – Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has spoken out for the first time since the United States held up her appointment as new boss of the World Trade Organisation. On Wednesday Okonjo-Iweala secured majority of votes to become the first African to head the World Trade Organization. Member countries in the European Union and ECOWAS all endorsed her candidacy. Okonjo-Iweala who was the only African left in the race beat South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee for the top role. But the United States’ opposition to her candidacy forced the General Counsel to postponed its…

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US holds up announcement of Okonjo-Iweala as WTO boss

– – The United States is holding up the official announcement of Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new boss of the World Trade Organisation. On Wednesday Okonjo-Iweala secured majority of votes to become the first African to head the World Trade Organization. Member countries in the European Union and ECOWAS all endorsed her candidacy. Okonjo-Iweala who was the only African left in the race beat South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee for the top role. But the United States’ opposition to her candidacy forced the General Counsel to postponed its announcement of the new…

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Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala becomes first African to head the WTO

– – Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been voted as the new head of the World Trade Organization. She secured 104 out of 164 votes to become the first African to head the World Trade Organization. Member countries in the European Union and ECOWAS all endorsed her candidacy. Okonjo-Iweala who was the only African left in the race beat South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee for the top role. An official announcement is expected to be made later on Wednesday. – – The US opposed her selection and prefered South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.…

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Okonjo-Iweala secures more support for the WTO top job

– – Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has secured majority of votes from European Union member states to become the head of the World Trade Organization. She is now in a good position to become the first African to head the World Trade Organization, according to sources. Okonjo-Iweala who is the only African left in the race is competing with South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee for the top role. With the two women the remaining candidates in the race for the WTO job, it is certain the organization will have its first female…

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Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala confident of landing top WTO job

– – Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala voiced confidence Friday in her quest to lead the crisis-wracked World Trade Organization after all of Africa backed her candidacy, vowing she would champion reform. “I feel the wind behind my back,” she told a virtual press briefing after the 55-member African Union officially supported her over her sole remaining opponent, Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea. The global trade body is set to be led by a woman for the first time whichever of the two candidates is successful in their bid to follow Roberto…

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