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Okonjo-Iweala arrives Nigeria on first official visit as WTO DG

The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Saturday made her first official visit to Nigeria since she assumed office.

Okonjo-Iweala was received by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Speaking to reporters on her arrival, she said her visit to Nigeria was to show appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for the support accorded her.

She also hinted that discussion on how Nigeria can leverage her position to benefit from trans-national trade formed part of her visit to the country.

Okonjo-Iweala’s visit to Nigeria comes about a month after she was confirmed as the Director-General of the global trade organisation.

As the first woman and first African to lead the international body, her term began on March 1 and would last until the next four years.

The term, which is renewable, will expire on August 31, 2025.

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