President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has pledged his full support to the first African and women Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Okonjo-Iweala was appointed to the position after the only other remaining contender, South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, pulled out on Monday.
President Akufo-Addo hailed her groundbreaking achievement and expressed delight at the fact that her election was by consensus of the General Council of the WTO.
In the congratulatory letter to the new WTO Director-General sighted by Original News, the President notes that her accomplishment is a tribute to black women the world over, particularly to African women.
Akufo-Addo, who doubles as the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) also explained, her appointment comes at a time when Africa has taken steps to liberalise intra-continental trade through the Africa Continental Free Trade Area, and the challenges brought about by COVID-19.
“I am of the firm conviction that you are eminently qualified to lead the organisation in these momentous times, and I assure you of the full support of the Government of Ghana in your new role,” President Akufo-Addo added.
The President, in a letter dated 17th February, sent a congratulatory message to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, on the appointment of Dr Okonjo-Iweala to her new position.
President Akufo-Addo assured the people of Nigeria and her Government of the “support of the Government of Ghana in her new role.”
Okonjo-Iweala spent 25 years at the World Bank as a development economist, rising to the position of managing director. She also chaired the board of Gavi, which is helping to distribute coronavirus vaccines globally. Her term at the WTO will begin on March 1 and will initially run until August 2025.
By; Bernard Ralph Adams