Dr. Okonjo-Iweala Presides as the New Director-General at WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

US reiterates support as Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala resumes office as WTO Chief

*The United States Government has restated its support for Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala resumes office as the new Director-General of World Trade Organisation

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The United States (US) Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has reiterated his country’s   support for Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new Director-General (DG) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

In a statement attributed to Spokesperson Ned Price, Blinken, in a phone conversation with Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, emphasised the importance that the US places on “our relationship with Nigeria”.

ConsumerConnect reports Dr. Okonjo-Iweala resumed office as the DG of the WTO Headquarters Monday, March 1, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Following her recent confirmation for the top job, Nigerian-born, newly appointed Director-General of global trade body, has said deep reforms and fair trade are needed to rebrand and reposition the organisation, while ramping up the international efforts at combating the damaging Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as top priorities.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, in traditional ‘Ankara’ attire, resuming office Monday, March 1 

WTO’s 164 members unanimously selected 66-year-old Dr. Okonjo-Iweala as the Director-General Monday, February 15, 2021, becoming the first African female leader of the global trade body.

The development economist and former Minister for Finance and Economy in her home country Nigeria, with accumulated 25 years’ experience was appointed by the WTO after the last remaining rival candidate, South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, withdrew from the race for headship of the organisation.

Now, Okonjo-Iweala takes up her post at the WTO Headquarters initially for a term that runs until August 2025.

The statement further said Secretary of State Blinken suggested a holistic approach to the US-Nigeria partnership, based “on our shared values of democracy, respect for human rights, and robust people-to-people relations.

“Secretary Blinken referenced President (Joe) Biden’s revocation of immigrant visa restrictions on Nigeria as an affirmation of the close ties between Americans and Nigerians.”

The statement noted that he reiterated United States’ support for Dr. Okonjo-Iweala as the new-fangled Director-General of WTO.

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