- New appointments have been made at the World Trade Organisation, WTO, headed by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
- The appointments also fit into the agenda of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala's gender balance for the WTO
- An excited Okonjo-Iweala announced the appointments on her Twitter page on Monday, May 4
The director-general of the World Trade Organisation, WTO, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Monday, May 4 announced the appointment of four deputy directors-general at the global trade body.
The newly appointed officials are Angela Ellard of the United States, Anabel González of Costa Rica, Ambassador Jean-Marie Paugam of France, and Ambassador Xiangchen Zhang of China.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala also announced the new appointments on her Twitter page.
A closer look as the DDGs
1. Angela Ellard of the US has a distinguished career of service working at the US Congress as majority and minority chief trade counsel and staff director. She is internationally recognized as an expert on trade and international economic policy.
2. Anabel González of Costa Rica is a renowned global expert on trade, investment, and economic development with a proven managerial track record in international organizations and the public sector.
3. Ambassador Jean-Marie Paugam of France has held senior management positions in the French government on trade, most recently as permanent representative of France to the WTO. He has also held a number of senior positions in the French ministry of economy and finance.
4. Ambassador Xiangchen Zhang of China is currently serving as vice minister in the ministry of commerce of China. He has long and extensive experience on WTO issues, international negotiations, and policy research.
Meanwhile, as Okonjo-Iweala continues to make Nigeria proud on the international stage, leaders in her home country seem to have a clue on how to manage its affairs.
Recently, the Singaporean non-profit group, Chandler Good Government Index, CGGI ranked Nigeria as the third-worst governed country in the world.
The report ranked Nigeria very low in governance, leadership, and foresight, scoring the country 102 out of 104 countries with a score of 0.319 points.
As the Nigerian economy continues to decline, there was outrage recently in the country after American micro-blogging and social networking service, selected neighbouring Ghana as the headquarters for its operations in Africa.
The announcement by the company's CEO Jack Dorsey in a tweet on Monday, April 12 sent Nigeria into a frenzy with many citizens on social media accusing the government of scaring away foreign investors by stifling free speech.