Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala WTO DG

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala WTO DG
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Nigerian Minister of Finance has just emerged winner of the elections to the office of Director General (DG) of the World Trade Organisation. Although there is some way to go before she could be announced to the office, this is a major feat for her, for the African nation and for a black female. According to The Cable, she won 104 votes from 164 to defeat South Korea’s trade minister Yoo Myung-hee at the final stage of the elections. If the voting countries sort out their differences, NOI will be the first ever African to occupy this position at the WTO.


  • Despite her being an American citizen, the United States did not support her but backed the Korean. The EU however endorsed her candidacy as tweeted by Sven Simon of Germany.
  • She is 66 years old.
  • She is the first African to occupy the position
  • In supporting her, the EU stressed that she showed ‘deep understanding of the fault lines dividing the WTO’s membership’ and her energy.
  • NOI has 30 year professional experience, with 25 years as an economist with the World Bank
  • Her victory makes Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala the first woman ever to occupy the WTO DG position
  • The contest started out with an initial set of 8 canddates, 3 of them Africans.
  • She sits on the boards of Standard Chartered bank, Twitter and 2 other global establishments
  • She has received honorary degrees from at least 14 universities worldwide
  • Her book ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous:…’, was her latest book and shook the Nigerian political landscape. But she has published at least 6 other leading works. She has also delivered 3 Ted Talks between 2007 and 2013.

BPDI Congratulates a top quality African woman.

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