Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been appointed as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment was announced on Monday by the Geneva-based organisation.
“Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria is appointed as the next WTO Director-General. Dr Okonjo-Iweala makes history as the first woman and the first African to lead the WTO.
“Her term starts on the 1st of March 2021
“WTO members took the decision to appoint @NOIweala at a special meeting of the General Council, following a selection process that included eight candidates from around the world,” the trade organisation announced via its verified Twitter handle.
All WTO member countries except the United States had voted Okonjo-Iweala as their preferred candidate in November 2020.