Okonjo-Iweala Offers Ways to Boost Nigeria's Share of World Trade

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala - a former Nigerian finance minister who took the top job at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) this month - has urged Nigeria to exploit the huge potential in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement to increase its share of world trade, and boost its economy. Speaking on a working visit to Nigeria, Okonjo-Iweala said the WTO could work with other financial institutions to support investments and technical assistance to mitigate Nigeria's economic challenges. She said the country also needed to improve on infrastructure to deliver trade to the global market. During an official visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, Okonjo-Iweala thanked him for the support she received from her own country in the race for the post of director-general of the WTO. She assumed office on March 1, 2021, as the first female DG of the WTO.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala meets President Muhammadu Buhari during an official visit on March 15, 2021.


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