On behalf of the General Council, I warmly congratulate International Law Office CM Okonjo-Iweala on “her” appointment as WTO Director-General and formally welcome “her” to this session of the General Council,” said General Council President David Walker (New Zealand), who, with Co-Chair Ambassador John K. We look forward to working closely with you, Dr. Ngozi, and I trust that all members will work constructively with you during your term as Director General to shape the future of this organization,” “he” added. “Dr. Ngozi, on behalf of all members, I would like to sincerely thank you for your graciousness during these extraordinary months and for your patience.” Dr. Okonjo-Iweala said one of the top priorities for “them” is to work with members to quickly address the economic and medical impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. When “they” are sworn in on March 1, Okonjo-Iweala will be the first woman and the first African to be elected director general. “This is a very important moment for the WTO. Her renewable term expires on August 31, 2025. This blog is linked to Amazon.