New World Trade Organisation (WTO) secretary-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has expressed her happiness following the confirmation that she will be the organization’s leader.
The Nigerian was named confirmed on Monday, days after her main challenger from South Korea Yoo Myung-hee announced her withdrawal from the race.
The 66-year-old becomes the first woman and the first African to occupy the position.
Through her Twitter account, the secretary-general thanked the WTO members for finalizing her election.
‘In the 73 years of GATT and WTO, honored to be First Woman and First African to lead. But now the real work begins. Ready to tackle the challenges of WTO. Forget Business as usual’, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala wrote.
She replaces the former Roberto Azevedo (Brazilian) who stepped down from the leadership in August 2020, a year before the end of his term.
Azevedo was serving his second term in office. He was appointed for the first term in September 2013 and re-elected for a second term of four years in 2017.
Ngozi Okonjo is now responsible for supervising and directing the organization’s administrative operations.
African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat congratulated Ngozi Okonjo after the confirmation.
Faki said that AU is pleased that the global consensus in favour of her inspiring leadership prevailed.
With deep humility,I accept the good wishes upon my election for a 2nd term as Chair of the AUCommission together with my deputy & Commissioner collegues. To serve & remain of service as best as we can, like those who came before us, and the beautiful ones yet to be born .
— Moussa Faki Mahamat (@AUC_MoussaFaki) February 7, 2021
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