WTO: EU Pledges Continued Support For Okonjo-Iweala


The European Union has congratulated the Nigerian Government on the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to the post of Director General at the World Trade Organization.

This congratulatory message is contained in a letter by the Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Alexandre Borges Gomes to the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otumba Adebayo in Abuja.

A copy of the letter made available to Tv360 underlines the continued and full support of the European Union to Nigeria’s cause to the exalted position.

It acknowledges the tasks ahead are most daunting and challenging but does believe that the enviable records and precedents of Okonjo-Iweala are substantial enough to stand her in good stead.

“During the course of our latest Ministerial Dialogue in November, Nigeria and the EU reaffirmed support for the necessary modernization of the world Trade Organization in order to preserve and strengthen the multilateral rules-based order. The EU is making WTO reform a central priority of its new trade policy strategy, which the European Commission is due to publish this week.

“Dr. Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment, therefore, comes at a critical juncture and the scale of the task is not underestimated. We have already seen, through the WTO selection process, as well as through her forceful advocacy as an African envoy on the Covid-19 pandemic that she is up to the challenge.

“On behalf of the EU, I should like to wish her every success in her new position, and please accept the assurances of my highest consideration.”

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