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U S. Pres. Biden’s endorsement of Okonjo-Iweala for WTO DG excites Buhari

…. remains only candidate for the job

 

 

The United States endorsement of Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General’s position has received an applause and commendation from President Muhammadu Buhari.

Former US President Donald Trump had temporarily truncated her emergence by refusing to endorse Okonjo-Iweala’s candidature.

Last week, the only contender for the position, Korean Trade Minister withdrew from the race, clearing the coast for Okonjo-Iweala.

But President Joe Biden administration’s had on Friday given “total support” for the ex-World Bank Managing Director in her quest for the WTO’s top job, according to US Trade Representative.

An elated Buhari said Nigeria and Africa were happy about the new US position on the selection of the WTO DG.

He said the development signified a shift and an important turnaround in the relations between the continent and the US under Biden’s administration.

“We certainly welcome the decision of the new US administration to remove the last obstacle in the path of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala to becoming the first female and the first person of African descent to lead the organization (WTO).

“Nigeria and the entire African continent are happy about this new US position, which signifies a shift and an important turnaround in the relations between our continent and the United States under the Biden administration.

“Today, we see that the United States stands with Nigeria and Africa with the acceptance of our widely respected citizen, Okonjo-Iweala to lead the WTO.

“We look forward to working very closely with the new US administration on this and all issues of common interests, especially in such areas as accelerated economic growth, fight against terrorism and deepening progress on development issues,” Buhari said in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu and obtained by Persecondnews.

 

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