● ‘She’ll be first American woman to lead WTO’ — US leaders write Biden to back Okonjo-Iweala

● ‘She’ll be first American woman to lead WTO’ — US leaders write Biden to back Okonjo-Iweala

Some US leaders, together with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, have written President Joe Biden, urging him to help the candidacy of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the workplace of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation.

In an open letter addressed to the newly sworn-in president, the US leaders mentioned Okonjo-Iweala’s ascension to the workplace of the DG would ship a powerful message to the relaxation of the world that Biden is main an inclusive authorities.

The crew of former senior US authorities officers and leaders in academia, civil society, and personal sector mentioned Okonjo-Iweala will be the first American woman to lead the WTO.

“We write to respectfully encourage you to support the candidacy of the eminently qualified Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as she seeks to become the next Director-General of the WTO,” the letter learn.

“Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is a dynamic woman of imaginative and prescient who can information the WTO by way of its period of reform. She possesses a really uncommon mixture of management and expertise that’s deeply grounded in worldwide commerce, finance, economics and diplomacy.

“Her selection, as the first American and woman of color to serve as the WTO’s director-general will send a clear message of inclusion to the rest of the world.”

In October 2020, Okonjo-Iweala was elected by 110 of 164 international locations as the most certified individual to lead the world commerce physique.

The US opposed the choice of Okonjo-Iweala, claiming that she does not have commerce expertise.

However, in a letter signed by the US leaders, together with John Negroponte, former ambassador to the United Nations, Okonjo-Iweala was mentioned to possess a “very rare combination of leadership and experience that is deeply grounded in international trade”.

“We know Dr. Okonjo-Iweala and have found her to be a woman of integrity, an honest broker and a pragmatist who consistently delivers results,” the letter learn.

“We believe strongly that she will be a transformative director-general, one who — with your help — will be embraced and efficient inside and past the WTO.

“In sum, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a uniquely certified chief poised to assist the WTO evolve and succeed for future generations. She is a pacesetter who also can be relied on to pay due consideration to the issues many Americans have about world commerce. She has what it takes to lead WTO reforms and take the group into the future.

“We deeply appreciate any consideration you may provide to her candidacy which is critically important for our nation and the world.”

Okonjo-Iweala was nominated by the Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities as Nigeria’s candidate for the workplace of the WTO DG.

She grew to become a US citizen in 2019 — after residing and working in America for over 4 many years.

Biden has appointed not less than three Nigerians to his cupboard, together with two Nigerian-born American girls.

TheCable had reported in November 2020 that Okonjo-Iweala has a greater relationship with Biden’s Democratic Party than Donald Trump’s Republican {party}, emphasising that Biden is probably going to favour the emergence of Okonjo-Iweala.

The WTO has postponed the choice course of indefinitely.

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