Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, ex-Minister of Finance of Nigeria, was elected as the head of the World Trade Organization. She will begin work on March 1 and will become not only the first woman in this position, but also the first native of Africa.
At one time, Donald Trump opposed her appointment.
Okonjo-Iweala, 66, will mediate international trade negotiations (amid the ongoing US-China trade war), engage in trade rule reforms, and fight protectionism intensified by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala graduated in economics from Harvard after surviving the Nigerian Civil War as a teenager: such interesting social elevators. In 2003, Okonjo-Oveala returned to her homeland and twice (2003–2006 and 2011–2015) headed the Ministry of Finance.
The media claim that it was her tenacity that helped write off several billion dollars of Nigerian debt to the Paris Club of creditor countries in 2005.
Okonjo-Iweala also spent 25 years with the World Bank as a development economist, overseeing the bank’s $ 81 billion operating portfolio and rising to the position of Managing Director.
She recently received American citizenship.
The Russian Federation became a member of the WTO on August 22, 2012.
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