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The appointment came after new United States President Joe Biden endorsed her candidacy, which had been blocked by former President Donald Trump.


Earlier this month, the administration of United States President Joe Biden reversed former President Donald Trump's opposition and expressed 'strong support' for Okonjo-Iweala heading the World Trade Organization, saying she 'brings a wealth of knowledge in economics and international diplomacy' [Eric Baradat/AFP]

Our very own made-in Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was appointedyesterday Monday to head the leading international trade body as it seeks to resolve disagreements over how it decides cases involving billions in sales and thousands of jobs.

Okonjo-Iweala, 66, was appointed director-general of the World Trade Organization by representatives of the 164 member countries, according to a statement from the body.

She said in a statement that her first priority would be to quickly address the economic and health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and to “implement the policy responses we need to get the global economy going again.”

“Our organization faces a great many challenges but working together we can collectively make the WTO stronger, more agile and better adapted to the realities of today,” she said.

On Monday, the US delegate to the WTO said he was “eager” to work with Okonjo-Iweala.