‘Despite Being The Best Candidate For The WTO Job, I Need Help With PR’ – Okonjo Iweala

By Chinenye Festus:-
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala spoke in an interview on Arise Television’s prime news programme, NEWSNIGHT NIGERIA, monitored in Abuja last night.
Okonjo Iweala said she is the best candidate for the Director-General of World Trade Organisation, WTO position, but that she needs volunteers as she lacks the resources to engage public relations firms and lobbyists that other candidates might be using.
The two-time Minister of Finance said “so far things are going well and I’m grateful for the support of Nigerians, the Nigerian government, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Trade as well as other agencies for their strong support.
Dr Iweala described WTO as a critical global organisation that needs to be reformed in key areas such as dispute resolution, adding that its effectiveness will be enhanced if it becomes more inclusive by supporting women, MSMEs among others.
While noting that the US-China disagreements that have paralysed the organisation, Okonjo-Iweala stated that she has the experience to find areas of unanimity and mutual benefit, using them as a foundation to tackle more serious challenges and her leadership skills as a pragmatic consensus builder and her global network of associates, partners and friends, stand her in good stead on the job.
Finally, she stated that she is open to receiving volunteers that will help in the course of advancing the interest of the organisation.
” I don’t have any PR firm working for me. I have some friends who are helping with media work pro-bono because I cannot afford to pay them. It would be nice to have some volunteers.”
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