Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria is now the new Director-General of WTO.
She is the first woman and first African to head the multilateral trade body. She takes charge from March 1, 2021 to August 31, 2025.
This makes her the seventh WTO DG. Moreover, Okonjo-Iweala is a World Bank economist.
During the presidency of Donald Trump her appointment was blocked. However, a strong endorsement in her support from all WTO members could not keep her away.
According to Okonjo her key priority would be to address the economic and health problems triggered by Covid-19.
She takes charge at a time which is crucial for all the obvious reasons. The former Director-General Roberto Azevêdo had announced to step down in May. It was only then that the process for selecting a new Director-General began.