As part of the Federal Government’s commitment to ensure Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is named the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, WTO, it has set up a campaign strategy team to support her ambition.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, FMITI, Adeniyi Adebayo, inaugurated a campaign strategy team for Okonjo-Iweala, that will ensure she emerges as the next WTO boss.
In a statement issued by Assistant Director, Information, FMITI, Mrs. Oluwakemi Ogunmakinwa, the minister expressed hope that the team will intensify its level of dedication over time to ensure success.
Adebayo said the team, led by the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum, remained key to ensuring that the Nigerian candidate emerges victorious in her quest for the WTO top shot.
According to him, the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to nominate the former minister of finance and coordinating minister for the economy as Nigeria’s candidate for the position was taken in good faith, given the overriding consideration of the need to host Africa’s chance and for the promotion of gender mainstreaming at the world’s top trade post.
The Minister believes that Okonjo-Iweala would emerge as the next WTO boss, based on her capabilities and wealth of experience at the highest level of the World Bank as a development economist, diplomat and one of Africa’s most trusted technocrats.
He said, “An eminently qualified candidate in the position of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala with proven leadership, bold reformer, skillful negotiator with abilities to broker numerous agreements that would promote fair trade should be selected for the position of the Director-General of the WTO.
“I am confident that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo – Iweala possesses the qualities to lead the most important global multilateral body.”
Adebayo tasked the team to develop a winning strategy for the candidate and also called on stakeholders, media, public, private and trading partners to support Okonjo-Iweala to emerge as the WTO boss.