Economic Community of West African States has endorsed the candidacy of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation.
Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Coordinating Minister of the Economy, had been nominated for the top job by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement by the President of Niger Republic, H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou, on behalf of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, said the endorsement of Okonjo-Iweala’s candidature is conditioned on her academic and vast experience.
“Having acknowledged the strong academic and professional background of Dr Okonjo-Iweala and her very large experience in national affairs as Nigeria’s Finance Minister (2003-2006 and 2011-2015) and Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister briefly in 2006,” the statement partly read.