As the race for the office of the Director General of the World Trade Organization, WTO, gets into the crucial state, an International Organization on Good Governance and Development in Africa operating under the auspices of Impact Africa, has appealed to world leaders to support the candidature of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo–Iweala.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the President of Impart Africa, Hon. Adams Otakwu, declared that Dr Okonjo-Iweala deserves the position on personal merit apart from the fact that she is the only candidate from Africa that has never produced the WTO Director General.
“The World may recall that since the establishment of the World Trade Organization in 1995 by the Uruguay Round Negotiations (1986 – 1994), the Organization has had the following Directors General: Peter Suterland (Ireland), Renato Reggiero (Italy), Mike Moore (New Zealand), Supachai Panitchpakdi (Thailand), Pascal Lamy (France), Robetor Azevedo (Brazil). There has never been a Director General from Africa – the very hub of Industrial raw materials and natural resources for Global Trade and Commerce.”
According to Hon Otaku, “As the race peaks, and with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo–Iweala as the only African in the contest, we like to remind the world that she is profoundly qualified for the job, having served as Managing Director of the World Bank, as Finance Minister of Africa’s largest economy, a versatile, astute, dynamic, hyperkinetic and extra-ordinary world class economist, with vast experience in Global Trade and Commerce, who has conducted and delivered reforms of Trade regimes in several countries of the world.
“We call on Members of the WTO, the European Union, the USA, the Asian Community, Global Partners and World leaders to consensually support this global icon with proven skills that would uplift the World Trade Organization to heights beyond the reach of mortal eyes.
“It is as well a chance for Africa to prove her real worth on the world scene.
While we look up to the Almighty God for the ultimate victory, we wish to express profound appreciations to, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Government and Good people of Nigeria for their unremitting commitment to this African Dream.
“We thank the ECOWAS, African Union, World leaders, Groups, Regional Bodies, Individuals, Government and Non-Governmental organizations for their goodwill so far.”
Hon Otaku added that the appointment of Okonjo-Iweala as WTO DG will enhance the capacity of African countries to copy with post-Covid-19 era.