President congratulates new WTO head

Accra, Feb. 18, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has congratulated Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her landmark appointment as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The President in a congratulatory letter to the Nigerian-American economist, said her election as the first woman and first African to occupy that position "is a tribute to black women the world over, particularly to African women.”

The President said Dr Okonjo-Iweala's appointment had come at a time when Africa had taken steps to liberalise intra-continental trade through the Africa Continental Free Trade Area, and the challenges brought about by COVID-19.

“I am of the firm conviction that you are eminently qualified to lead the Organisation in these momentous times, and I assure you of the full support of the Government of Ghana in your new role,” President Akufo-Addo added.

President Akufo-Addo has also sent a congratulatory message to his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, on the appointment of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala to her new position.

He assured the people of Nigeria and her Government of the “support of the Government of Ghana in her new role.”