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WTO accepts Okonjo-Iweala as Nigeria’s nominee.

The World Trade Organisation on Tuesday acknowledged Nigeria’s nomination of a former Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of director-general.

Announcing in a statement, WTO wrote, “Nigeria, on 9 June 2020, nominated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020.

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“According to the timetable announced by the Chair of the General Council, David Walker, the nomination period will close on 8 July 2020.

“Shortly after the nomination period has closed, candidates will be invited to meet with members at a special General Council meeting, present their views and take questions from the membership.”

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), recently approved Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination for the position.

The election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in 2021 for a four-year term that would run from 2021 to 2025.

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Okonjo-Iweala currently chairs the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, a public-private global health partnership with the goal of increasing access to immunisation in poor countries.

She also sits on the board of Twitter and is a former managing director (operations) at the World Bank.

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