Nigeria Okonjo-Iweala says “Let’s fight for a WTO that works for all”
Nigeria’s former finance minister and candidate for the top job at the World Trade Centre (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on Thursday that the role of the trade organisation is vital than ever.
Okonjo-Iweala in a tweet said trade is a force for good, and properly harnessed can help lift millions out of poverty.
she wrote in the tweet that the organisation could also bring shared prosperity and therefore called for “a WTO that works for all.”
“Trade is a force for good, and properly harnessed can help lift millions out of poverty and bring shared prosperity. The role of @WTO is more vital than ever. Let’s fight for a WTO that works for all.”
Okonjo-Iweala is among four other African candidates and two from Europe and one from Mexico to compete for the position presently occupied by Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo, who is stepping down a year early at the end of August.
Nigeria, the biggest economy in Africa is presenting its former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala also an ex-managing director at the World Bank as a candidate, while Benin, Kenya and Egypt are also presenting candidates for the same position.
Nigeria’s is banking on the credentials of its candidate and the goodwill from other friendly countries to support its candidate in the race to the DG of WTO.
Okonjo-Iweala, 65, is an economist and development specialist who has served as Nigeria’s foreign minister and finance minister as a managing director of the World Bank. The former Harvard and MIT student’s work has involved efforts to make immunisation programmes financially sustainable.