Okonjo-Iweala arrives Abuja in first visit to Nigeria as WTO DG (Photos)

Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Saturday arrived Abuja as he made her first visit to Nigeria since she assumed office on March 1.

Mrs Okonjo-Iweala was received upon her arrival in the country by the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment Nasir Sani-Gwarzo.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja, Okonjo-Iweala said her visit to Nigeria was to show appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for the support accorded her.

She also hinted that discussion on how Nigeria can leverage her position to benefit from trans-national trade formed part of her visit to the country.

Okonjo-Iweala, a former two-time finance minister in Nigeria, is the first woman and the first African to lead the WTO.

It is hoped she would infuse the WTO with fresh momentum to address towering challenges and a pandemic-fuelled global economic crisis.

Okonjo-Iweala will be meeting with President Buhari, his Chief of staff as well as the Foreign affairs and Finance ministers on Monday.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala is also expected to hold talks with the Presidential Task force on Covid19, the Central Bank Governor and captains of industry, during her stay.



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