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  • The World Trade Organization's first female and first African director general Ngozi Okonjo Iweala began work on Monday, ending a six month leadership void.

  • So I feel ready to go.

  • The 66 year old Nigerian was confirmed as boss last month after a long campaign that was derailed in the latter stages by a Trump administration veto.

  • She pledged to forget business as usual at the WTO, which is struggling to strike new deals and whose arbitration functions are paralyzed.

  • The first day with the former finance and foreign minister at the helm coincides with a meeting of its top decision making body at the general counsel.

  • It's 100 and 64 member states will discuss topics including trade rules on Covid 19 vaccine distribution.

  • A conjurer Whalen said she was particularly hopeful of clinching a deal on fisheries subsidies after 20 years of talks.

  • It's been 20 years and 20 years is enough.

  • That's my slogan.

  • Now we have to get it done.

  • The director general role does hold few executive powers, though, and some analysts have questioned her ability to revive the body in the face of so many challenges, including persistent US China trade tensions and growing protectionism heightened by the global health crisis.

The World Trade Organization's first female and first African director general Ngozi Okonjo Iweala began work on Monday, ending a six month leadership void.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/01
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