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First female and first African to lead the WTO kicks off her first week

POSTED March 2, 2021

First female and first African to lead the WTO kicks off her first week

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala gives girls hope they can reach their dreams, too

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The first female and first African director-general of The World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, began her first day on the job this week, ushering in new hope for global trade and gender equality everywhere.

The 66-year-old who served as the first female finance minister in her home of Nigeria and has extensive senior experience at the World Bank, is known for speaking up for the poor.

She spoke of the importance of the WTO top role in the fall: “Trade can contribute to public health — seeing that connection, invoking those (WTO) rules, actively discussing COVID-19 issues and how the WTO can help … For me, that would be a priority,” she was quoted as saying by Reuters.

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