WTO Appoints Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as First Female Leader

The Environment Trade Group picked its initial female chief on Monday, giving a fresh get

The Environment Trade Group picked its initial female chief on Monday, giving a fresh get started to an business seeking to revive its influence around international economic principles.

The WTO’s 164 associates unanimously backed former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, an economist who also rose to the leading ranks of the Environment Lender a 10 years back, as director-common.

Ms. Okonjo-Iweala emerged as the consensus decide on for the work in Oct when the WTO was owing to determine on a new chief. Even so, her appointment was blocked by the Trump administration, which said she lacked knowledge on trade problems.

Previously this month, soon immediately after South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-Hee pulled out of the race, the Biden administration backed Ms. Okonjo-Iweala. She will be the WTO’s initial African chief and her phrase will conclusion in 2025 unless renewed.

The sixty six-yr-previous faces a challenging problem in reviving the influence of the WTO, whose past chief, Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo, said past May he was stepping down a yr early.