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Okonjo-Iweala thanks Buhari, NASS, ECOWAS for assist

From Franca Ochigbo, Abuja


Dr Ngozi Okonjo–Iweala yesterday expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nationwide Meeting for nominating and supporting her candidacy for Director-Common of the World Commerce Organisation (WTO) place.

“I wish to additionally thank the Minister of Overseas Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, the Chief of Employees to the President Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu and the Nigerian ambassadors to Switzerland, WTO in addition to the Everlasting Mission to the UN in Geneva, “ she mentioned.

Iweala who spoke with the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) in Geneva, additionally thanked ECOWAS for endorsing her candidacy because the race for the WTO Director Common place enters the choice part.

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She is vying for the highest job alongside candidates from Kenya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UK, Moldova, Mexico and the Republic of Korea.

Yesterday, the Minister of Business, Commerce and Funding, Adeniyi Adebayo inaugurated a Marketing campaign Technique group for her in a bid to win the WTO high job.

Adebayo whereas inaugurating the group in Abuja mentioned the establishing of a Marketing campaign Technique group was key to making sure that she obtained the highest job.


In response to the minister, the choice of President Buhari to appoint her as Nigeria’s candidate for the place was taken in good religion, given the overriding consideration of the necessity to use Africa’s probability for the promotion of gender mainstreaming on the world’s high commerce submit

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All of the candidates are in Geneva to make displays to the WTO Common Council and addressed the press from July 15th – 17th.

The previous Finance Minister who had beforehand urged the WTO to elect its Director-Common primarily based on benefit, mentioned given her resumè as a growth economist she was greatest fitted to the job.

She mentioned: “Folks ask me typically what greatest qualifies you for the job- I feel the WTO wants management, it can’t proceed to do what it did earlier than.

“If it’s to remain as one of many premier establishments of the 21st century, it wants robust management which is a high quality I’ve.

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“It wants information of commerce which I’ve for being a growth economist which my complete profession is constructed round. It wants somebody with political expertise and worldwide connections that may attain coverage makers in all countries- and I’ve that owing my 35 years of expertise

“The job wants somebody who listens – and I’m an excellent hear and lastly some who’s resolution oriented and pragmatic.

I’ve expertise in all sectors starting from the general public to non-public sectors and worldwide civil societies in addition to from multilateral organisations; when you put all these collectively, you will notice I’m greatest certified for the job.”

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