News: Secretary-General, Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States endorses Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for WTO post


Secretary-General of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) , H.E. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti has endorsed the candidacy of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria, for the post of Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

According to a statement by Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti on behalf of the organisation, says; “The Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), it is my honour to endorse the candidacy of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

“A global finance expert, economist and international development expert with over 30 years of experience working in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin and North America, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala brings to the post a wealth of experience and a well-earned reputation as a reformer. A citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the OACPS, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is Nigeria’s longest-serving Minister of Finance and a former Managing Director of the World Bank. A skilled negotiator, she has brokered numerous agreements which have produced win-win outcomes and is regarded as an effective consensus builder and an honest broker who enjoys the trust of governments and stakeholders.

“More pertinently, as the world seeks to put COVID-19 behind it, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and was recently appointed as the African Union (AU) Special Envoy to mobilise international financial support for the fight against COVID-19 and WHO Special Envoy for Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator.

“Dr Okonjo-Iweala is a member of the Board of Directors of a number of national, regional and international organisations and has received numerous accolades from international organizations and institutions for her noteworthy contributions to development in various disciplines. If elected, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala will create history as the first female and first national of the OACPS to lead the WTO in its 25-year history.

“The OACPS congratulates Dr. Okonjo-Iweala on her progress thus far and reaffirms its unreserved support for her candidacy for this position.

The former Nigeria’s Minister of Finance is among the top two candidates vying for the top seat of World Trade Organization. The other candidate is South Korean Yoo Myung-hee.

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