British PM speaks with new director general of WTO

Boris Johnson took the opportunity to discuss global issues with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

TOPSHOT - Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poses for a picture at her home in Potomac, Maryland, near Washington DC, minutes before she is confirmed Monday as the first woman and first African leader of the beleaguered World Trade Organization,on February 15, 2021. The WTO has called a special general council meeting at which the former Nigerian finance minister and World Bank veteran was formally selected as the global trade body's new director-general. US President Joe Biden strongly swung behind her candidacy shortly after the only other remaining contender, South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, pulled out.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with newly appointed director general of the World Trade Organisation, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Wednesday.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala, originally from Nigeria, is the former finance minister of Nigeria and second in charge at the World Bank. She starts her new role at the WTO on March 1.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala is the first woman and African to lead the organisation.

Mr Johnson congratulated her on her appointment, noting the importance of a strong WTO in today’s globalised economy.

He said he looked forward to working closely with Dr Okonjo-Iweala in the coming months and welcoming her to Cornwall for the G7 Summit in June.

They discussed international vaccine campaigns and the barriers to trade that could impede the global response to the pandemic.

Mr Johnson and Dr Okonjo-Iweala also spoke about the opportunities for driving a green economic recovery from Covid-19, and he welcomed her support for Cop26, to be held in Glasgow in November.