World Trade Organization: We are happy you made it but you also earned it – President Buhari tells Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

President Buhari today Monday, March 15 played host to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the newly appointed Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), at the statehouse Abuja. During their meeting, an elated President Buhari told the former Finance Minister that despite the robust support Nigeria gave to her candidacy for the position as the Director-General of… Continue reading World Trade Organization: We are happy you made it but you also earned it – President Buhari tells Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

World Trade Organization appoints Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as new director-general

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been appointed the new chief of the World Trade Organization, becoming the first woman to ever lead the Switzerland-based institution and the first African citizen to take on the role. However, this is not the first time that Okonjo-Iweala makes history. Born in Nigeria, Okonjo-Iweala graduated from Harvard University in 1976 and… Continue reading World Trade Organization appoints Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as new director-general

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reacts after the US rejected her appointment as new Director-General of the World Trade Organization

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has reacted after the United States rejected her as the consensus candidate for appointment as new Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Okonjo-Iweala was slated to be the new WTO Director-General.  She had won the support from the vast majority of member states, including the EU, Japan and China. However the United States representative at World… Continue reading Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reacts after the US rejected her appointment as new Director-General of the World Trade Organization

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala lists why she’s the best candidate to head WTO

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Wednesday, July 15, in Geneva stressed the need for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to elect a credible candidate based on merit for the position of Director-General.  Mrs Okonjo-Iweala, who is one of the eight candidates vying for the position, was interviewed by reporters at a press conference held shortly after her presentation to the… Continue reading Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala lists why she’s the best candidate to head WTO

No rules against substitution — Nigeria defends Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO nomination

The Nigerian government has fired back at the African Union over its rejection of the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to contest for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation. LIB reported earlier that the AU’s office of legal counsel had rejected the former Minister’s nomination of grounds of coming after the November 30 deadline set… Continue reading No rules against substitution — Nigeria defends Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO nomination

WTO accepts Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination as DG, ignores Egypt’s protest

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has accepted the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of its director general, in spite of a protest by Egypt.  The Egyptian government which nominated Mr. Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh for the same position, had opposed Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination on grounds of it being belated. The North African country told African Union not to recognize her nomination,… Continue reading WTO accepts Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination as DG, ignores Egypt’s protest