The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has expressed confidence in the leadership ability of the recently appointed Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr. Okonjo Iweala, to stir the global economy out of recession towards full recovery.
In a congratulatory message to Dr. Iweala, both the President of the National Council, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, and the Chief Executive Officer of NSE, Oscar Onyema, expressed support for the new WTO DG while reaffirming her competence to drive key reforms in the global economy.
Chief Executive Officer of NSE,Oscar Onyema
“I am truly elated to applaud Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on this momentous occasion of her emergence as the Director-General of WTO. A woman of extraordinary firsts, she has worked tirelessly over the years to deliver exceptional results in her capacity as a global finance expert, an economist and an international development professional. With Dr. Okonjo-Iweala at the helm of affairs, I am confident of a swift and collaborative response to critical issues of global concern – including the COVID-19 pandemic – that will set the global economy firmly on the path of recovery.” Ogunbanjo said.
He also recognised the enormous responsibility that comes with the appointment at a time when trade protectionism and unilateralism are spreading around the world. “The Exchange believes strongly in the efficacy of multilateralism evidenced by its local and international partnerships. We, therefore pledge our support to the work of the WTO led by Dr. Iweala and will continue to explore innovative ways to remain an open, professional and vibrant exchange connecting Nigeria, Africa and the world,” he added.
Director-General WTO, Dr. Okonjo Iweala
On his part, Onyema extolled new WTO boss for her outstanding achievements that have brought glory to the African continent “Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala continues to shatter glass ceilings in her impressive career. To be the first African and the first woman to lead the WTO is no small feat and she continues to make the entire African continent proud. As a renowned economist and finance expert, she has consistently applied her unrivalled expertise in various capacities to drive key reforms and promote sustainable growth both at home and abroad, and I am confident that she will thrive in her new role.” He said.