Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s two-term former minister and erstwhile Managing Director (Operations) of the World Bank has been endorsed by the Heads of State and Governments of the 15 Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as candidate  for the position of the Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The endorsement was content in a statement by  The West African leaders and signed by President of Niger, who is also ECOWAS President, Mahamadou Issoufou.
They also called on other African countries as well as non-African countries to endorse her candidature for the plum job.
“Since the creation of the WTO on January 1, 1995, which is a successor to the General Agreement on Tariff and Trade (GATT) established on January 1, 1948, no African has assumed the position of Director-General of the organisation,” they added.