Okonjo Iweala is currently vying for the Director General office of the World Trade Organization alongside other 8 candidates from different countries. The candidates are from Mexico, Egypt, Moldova, Republic of Korea, Kenya, UK and Saudi Arabia.
Okonjo Iweala served as the coordinating minister of finance and economy during Goodluck Ebele Jonathan's administration. Even before that, she worked with the prestigious World Bank and she was praised for knowing how to do her job.
Few days back, she has bitterly complained that powerful people in Nigeria are frustrating her candidacy and working against her but surprisingly the House of Representative and even the presidency came out to publicly endorse her candidacy.
After she was screened yesterday, she made some remarks before the committee. She is of the opinion that the World Trade Organization needs leaders that are chosen on merit. She pointed out that if the meritorious leader happens to be a woman or an African then it should be so.
She believes she has managerial qualities to take the institution to higher level and she promised to bring her experience from GAVI, vaccine alliance organization to bear. She also promised to make sure that if the covid-19 vaccine materialises, she makes it accessible to poorer countries.
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