Okonjo-Iweala insists she’s enjoying WTO job amid talks of resignation

The Director-General (D-G) of the World Trade Organisation, (WTO), Okonjo-Iweala, says she is still enjoying her job amid talks of resignation.

Recall that on Thursday, Bloomberg reported that the WTO D-G considered resignation due to the “organisation’s historical inertia”.

Okonjo-Iweala, the seventh WTO D-G took effect on March 1, 2021, becoming the first woman and the first African to serve as head of the institution.

Citing 5 WTO officials, Bloomberg reported that they explained that Okonjo-Iweala privately floated the idea that she may resign if there is no headway in dealing with/providing solutions to the critical issues of the institution.

Aside from resigning, the report also claimed that they suspect she (Okonjo-Iweala) wants to run for upcoming Nigeria’s presidential election in 2023.

Responding, Okonjo-Iweala told Bloomberg that she has no interest in running for president, adding that the allegation is “utterly ridiculous and not true”.

“I just got here. I am enjoying what I’m doing. It is a very exciting job, and I am trying to have some success here”, she stated.

Okonjo-Iweala’s term of office is expected to expire on August 31, 2025.

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