After a long tussle, Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala became the first African and first female to clinch the title of the Director-General of The World Trade Organization. She resumed office on the 1st of March, 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland. Her appointment was much celebrated in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
Currently, she is on a 4-day official visit to Nigeria with the major aim of improving the nation’s economy and enhancing trade. On arrival, she stated that her visit would be of immense benefit to the nation’s large growing number of entrepreneurs and also device how the World Trade Organization will be of great advantage to the Nigeria.
Part of her visit will also be to pay a courtesy visit to Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, at the presidential Villa in appreciation for his role in her appointment as well as to hold discussions poised at improving the nation’s diverse economy. It is also expected that her visit would also include a meeting with the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo and Minister of State, Mariam Katagum.
Nigeria’s Central Bank will not be left out of her visit. There will be a meeting with the Governor of Central Bank, Mr. Godwin Emefiele as well as the presidential task force on the Covid-19, captains of industries and other dignitaries.
According to Nigeria’s Guardian Newspaper, it was reported that on the issue of Nigeria’s share of trade in Africa, she expressed optimism that Nigeria could use the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to boost trade and investment.
As indicated in her schedule for the visit, on Monday, March 15, she will be meeting with the President and the Chief of Staff to the President at the presidential villa, and later hold a meeting with the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, and Minister of state, Mariam Katagum at the ministry.
Furthermore, on Wednesday, March 17, the WTO D-G will hold a meeting with the Women Entrepreneurs, SheTrade, and operators of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), followed by a press conference with some ministers as reported by The Guardian.