After U.S. Endorsement, Okonjo-Iweala Moves To Finalize WTO DG Job

Nigeria’s global economist and former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has informed all relevant authorities that she was set to put finishing touches on securing the position of Director General, the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Okonjo-Iweala’s tweet on Saturday came after the United States Government supported her candidacy.

The top job was contested for by seasoned individuals from different countries but Okonjo-Iweala gradually gained massive support from Africa and around the world while her contestants eventually (lately from South Korea) stood down.

Particularly, she appreciated the African Union(AU) and the Economic Community of West African States for playing a vital role in backing her all through.

“I look forward to finalizing the process of @WTO DG.

“My gratitude to HE @CyrilRamaphosa, all African Heads of State, the AUC Chair. Special thanks to ECOWAS Heads of State for outstanding support. I thank @PressACP, @Miaamormottley, EU, all Officials & Leaders of WTO Members, ” she tweeted.

She had earlier thanked the U.S. and the Nigerian Government while attributing her emergence to God.

“Grateful for the expression of support from the US today for DG @WTO. Congratulations to Madam Yoo of Rep. Korea for a hard fought campaign.

“Thank You President Muhammadu Buhari @MBuhari and all Nigerians for your unflinching support.Thank you friends. Love to my family.Glory to God.”

If she gets appointed to head WTO, she would set a record as the first black woman to head the global economic body.