International Women’s Day: ‘It’s about competence’ not gender or race, says new WTO chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala



Cissy Zhou | South China Morning Post

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was appointed as the first African and first women director general of World Trade Organization (WTO) at the start of March

She was speaking with former Australia prime minister Julia Gillard at the South China Morning Post’s Women of Our Time conference, which coincided with International Women’s Day.

New World Trade Organization (WTO) director general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said “competence” not gender or race saw the former Nigerian finance minister appointed as the first African and first women to head the troubled governing body of global trade.

Okonjo-Iweala took control of the WTO at the start of March, with the Geneva-based body facing one of the most difficult periods in its history.
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