Okonjo-Iweala was Nigeria’s 2-time Finance Minister
The last you probably heard of Dr. Okonjo Iweala was when she joined the board of micro-blogging site, Twitter.
Well, the latest we hear now is that President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated the erudite economist and former Managing Director of the World Bank to head the World Trade Organisation, WTO as the Director-General of the world trade body.
Nigeria’s online TheCable newspaper reported that prior to the nomination, President Buhari had withdrawn candidacy of Yonov Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO, for the same position.
The election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in 2021 for a four-year term that would run from 2021 to 2025 after former Director-General of the organisation, Roberto Azevedo, stepped down a year to the end of his second term.
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“The embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and permanent mission to the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa present compliments to all embassies and permanent missions in Addis Ababa and has the honour to inform that the Federal Government of Nigeria has withdrawn the candidacy of Ambassador Yonov Frederick Agah for election to the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation,” the letter seen by TheCable read.
“Nigeria is therefore pleased to request the support of esteemed AU member states as well as permanent missions and embassies in Addis Ababa in favour of the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala.”
Agah is Nigeria’s permanent representative to the WTO and the organisation’s Deputy Director-General.
Okonjo-Iweala, who was the coordinating minister of the economy under the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration, currently chairs the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, a public-private global health partnership with the goal of increasing access to immunisation in poor countries.
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