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Nigeria's Okonjo-Iweala starts work as WTO chief

  • 2021-03-01 08:28:41
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The Nigerian-American, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, starts work as the new head of the World Trade Organisation on Monday.

A former Nigerian finance and foreign minister, she is the first woman and first African to run the WTO.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has said that addressing the health and economic consequences of the pandemic would be a key priority.

There are concerns in Washington and other capitals about China’s trade policies and how well equipped the WTO is to deal with them.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala is known to be reform-minded, but will be constrained by the wishes of member countries.