I am fully occupied and unable to contemplate a second term as Director-General of the WTO


The Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has expressed that she is currently too preoccupied to entertain the idea of pursuing a potential second term leading the global organization.

Iweala emphasized her current focus on addressing pressing matters within the Geneva-based trade body before considering any future candidacy.

“At this moment, my priority is on delivering tangible results in the short term. The notion of seeking a second term hasn’t even crossed my mind,” she remarked.

With the imminent 13th Ministerial Conference of the WTO approaching, slated to convene next week in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Iweala stressed the importance of directing attention towards meaningful outcomes for the organization.

“I am committed to steering the WTO towards achieving impactful objectives before contemplating any future endeavors,” she stated.

Having assumed her role as Director-General in 2021 for a four-year tenure, Iweala underscored her dedication to the current responsibilities at hand.

As per the WTO’s internal regulations, the process of selecting a new Director-General is scheduled to commence later this year.

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