The Organised Private Sector of Nigeria (OPSN) has encouraged worldwide support for Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in her bid to become the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The OPSN disclosed this in a statement signed by the Director-General Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Amb. Ayoola Olukanni, in Lagos Friday.
Olukanni said Okonjo-Iweala, a world-acclaimed economist, had distinguished herself at both national and international levels as a trade and development expert.
He added that in the search for a new head of WTO, the ex-minister was very qualified and suitable for the position especially during the current global economic and trade challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said: “Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is a world-acclaimed economist, adept in the workings of international financial and development systems as an innovative manager with a good grasp of the world economy and most importantly, trade, as a tool of development.
“Her knowledge of world trade and financial systems has endowed her as a consultant to several governments across the world.
“In the search for a new head of WTO, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is very qualified and suitable especially during the current global economic and trade challenges, occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Dr. Okonjo-Iweala sits on the Boards of many international organisations.
“Her performance on the Boards of these organisations showed her as being effective and forthright with the required diplomatic skills and a mastery of the intricacies and politics of international trade.
“At this period when the international community is pondering which direction to go, on international trade, the WTO needs an internationalist, a world-class diplomat with an understanding of the world trade system.”