Newly appointed Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, says a strong WTO is vital for the world to recover from the devastation of COVID-19.
The former Nigerian minister of finance was reacting to her appointment as the first woman and first African to be appointed DG of WTO in its 26-year history.
Okonjo-Iweala said: “I am honoured to have been selected by WTO members as WTO Director-General.
“A strong WTO is vital if we are to recover fully and rapidly from the devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I look forward to working with members to shape and 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.”