History will be made today at the World Trade Organization. Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, takes over as Director-General. She will be the first woman and first African to occupy the position. She’s already promised far-reaching reforms. #eNCA​ Courtesy #DStv403

GENEVA – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes over the World Trade Organization on Monday amid hopes that she will spur the beleaguered body into addressing its towering challenges, including the pandemic-fuelled global economic crisis.

“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.

The 66-year-old Nigerian former finance minister takes the helm after the WTO was left adrift for seven months following the sudden departure of Brazilian career diplomat Roberto Azevedo last August, a year ahead of schedule.

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