BREAKING: Okonjo-Iweala confirmed as 1st female & 1st African Director-General of the World Trade Organisation

Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was selected by consensus to be the next director-general of the World Trade Organization at a closed-door meeting on Monday, according to two sources attending the meeting.

All members of the WTO’s top decision-making body, the General Council, agreed on her appointment in a virtual meeting which had just one agenda item, they said. The WTO subsequently confirmed the choice.

She becomes the first woman director general, as well as the first African to hold this position.

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