The Organised Private Sector of Nigeria (OPSN) has endorsed former Finance Minister, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo Iweala’s quest for the position of Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
A statement by NACCIMA DG, Ambasdador Ayo Olukanni, on behalf of OPSN, reads:
“Dr Okonjo Iweala is a world acclaimed economist, who has distinguished herself at both national and international levels as a trade and development expert, adept in the workings of international financial and development systems as an Innovative Manager with a good grasp of the world economy and most importantly, trade as a tool of development.
“Her knowledge of world trade and financial systems has endowed her as Consultant to several governments across the world. In the search for a new Head of WTO, Dr. (Mrs) Iweala is very qualified and suitable especially during the current global economic and trade challenges, occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Dr. Iweala sits on the Boards of many International Organisations and her performance on the Boards of these organisations show her as been effective and forthright with the required diplomatic skills and a mastery of the intricacies and politics of international trade.
“At this period when the international community is pondering which direction to go, on international trade, the WTO needs an internationalist, a world class diplomat with an understanding of the world trade system, to help steer the WTO in a new direction for the benefit of the global community and the recovery by nations, from negative economic impact post-Covid-19.
“Dr Okonjo-Iweala will bring to the WTO her knowledge, as well as her experience and negotiating skills gathered from years of service as a former Finance Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister, Managing Director Operations of the World Bank, Special Envoy of the African Union for international financial support for Africa; WHO Special Envoy for access to Covid-19 support and Board membership.
“We commend and recommend Dr. Iweala to all members of the World Trade Organisation for endorsement and support as the new WTO Director General. We vouch for her preparedness to take up the challenges of a balanced, inclusive and effective WTO, good for the developed and developing world.
Members of OPSN are: Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI).