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BREAKING: Okonjo-Iweala emerges first female DG of World Trade Organization

Nigeria’s Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has emerged as the new director-general of the World Trade Organization.

Mrs Okonjo-Iweala was a two times federal minister in Nigeria at the finance and foreign ministries respectively. She clinched the position of DG of the WTO by a wide margin against South Korean Yoo Myung hee.

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Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala received widespread support from Africa and other continents for her role. She was a former World Bank executive who has sat on the boards of several international organisations, including Twitter and the Global Vaccine Alliance.

Her victory came days after European Union member nations backed her candidacy against Ms. Myung hee, who was supported by the United States.

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Earlier this month, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, chairman of the African Union, said Africa will ensure her emergence for the top WTO job.

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