Newly elected World Trade Organisation leader, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Monday assumed office as Director-General of organization.
She takes over the WTO amid hopes that she will spur the body into addressing its towering challenges, including the pandemic-fueled global economic quandary.
“The WTO is too important to allow it to be slowed down, paralysed and moribund,” the first woman and first African to ever lead the global trade body told AFP a day after her nomination last month.
Okonjo-Iweala was received into office by officials of the trade body and a few journalists at WTO’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The DG was dressed in African wax fabric material with her trademark head tie.
On its official Twitter handle, the trade body welcomed the new DG Monday morning.
“Welcome to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala @NOIweala on her first day as WTO Director-General!” the trade body said in a tweet. “She makes history as the first woman and first African to take up this post.”
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