The newly elected Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has arrived in Nigeria for a one-week working visit.
Okonjo-Iweala is visiting Nigeria for the first time since March 1, 2021 she assumed office as the first female and first African WTO DG.
Okonjo-Iweala on arrival Saturday afternoon, was received by the permanent secretary of the ministry of industry, trade, and investment, Nasir Sani-Gwarzo.
Okonjo-Iweala told newsmen about her visit: “The whole objective is to see how the WTO can better assist Nigeria and Nigerian entrepreneurs with respect to improving the economy.”
“We hope to be able to use the African Continental Free Trade agreement to improve our trade and to do that we have to improve investments, we have to add value to some of our products.
“This continental free trade agreement is a unique opportunity for us to be able to engage commercially with other African countries and boost our exports.”
In the week long visit, Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance said, she hopes to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and his Chief of Staff and the minister of trade and industry.
She also said within the same period, she hopes to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Finance, the Governor of the Central Bank, the organised private sector as well as the micro, small and medium enterprises, and women entrepreneurs.