New WTO director-general arrives for 1st day on job:-
The World Trade Organization's new director-general, the first African and first woman to hold the position, has arrived in Geneva for her first day on the job. On her way into the imposing building on the shores of Lake Geneva on Monday, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian economist and former government minister, wore a mask and made brief remarks to reporters.
Before attending her first meeting of the General Council — made up of envoys from the WTO's 164 member states — she was scheduled to meet with staff and talk briefly with non-governmental organisations that endorse a crucial fisheries policy initiative currently under consideration at the WTO. Because of COVID-19-fighting initiatives, some of those meetings will be restricted, and the closed-door General Council meeting will be largely conducted through videoconference. Last fall, Okonjo-win Iweala's in a fiercely contested election was postponed partly due to the Trump administration's support for a different nominee. Last month, the Biden administration paved the way for her appointment to the trade association, which works under consensus rules. The World Trade Organization (WTO), which aims to establish agreements that ensure smooth international trade, is facing challenges such as rising protectionism. Since the United States has almost single-handedly stopped nominations to its Appellate Body — a rough equivalent to an appeals court — the conflict resolution mechanism has been stymied.