First day on the job for WTO’s Okonjo-Iweala, who’s no fish out ...


First day on the job for WTO’s Okonjo-Iweala, who’s no fish out of water

Over-fishing and vaccine rollouts are top priorities for first female and first African leader of the organisation

Emma Farge

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) first female and first African director-general, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, began work on Monday, ending a six-month leadership void by vowing to unblock negotiations on rules to stop over-fishing.

After a long campaign that was derailed in the latter stages by a Donald Trump administration veto, the 66-year-old Nigerian was confirmed as boss last month, pledging to “forget business as usual” at the body, which is struggling to strike new deals and whose arbitration functions are paralysed.

“It feels great. I am coming into one of the most important institutions in the world and we have a lot of work to do. I feel ready to go,” Okonjo-Iweala said when she arrived at the WTO’s lakeside Geneva headquarters in Switzerland...

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