PMB welcomes US acceptance of Dr Okonjo-Iweala becoming first female, first African to lead WTO

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Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the pronouncement of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, signifying withdrawal of the country’s objection to the emergence of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Director-General of World Trade Organization (WTO).

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

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According to Shehu, the president said, “We certainly welcome the decision of the new U.S administration to remove the last obstacle in the path of Dr Okonjo-Iweala to becoming the first female and the first person of African descent to lead the organization”.

“Nigeria and the entire African continent are happy about this new U.S position, which signifies a shift and an important turnaround in the relations between our continent and the United States under the Biden administration.”

“Today, we see that the United States stands with Nigeria and Africa with the acceptance of our widely respected citizen, Okonjo-Iweala to lead the WTO. We look forward to working very closely with the new U.S administration on this and all issues of common interests, especially in such areas as accelerated economic growth, fight against terrorism and deepening progress on development issues.’’

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