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WTO DG Okonjo-Iweala Appoints 4 Director-Generals

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The Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has appointed four Deputy Director-Generals.

Angela Ellard of the US, Anabel González of Costa Rica, Ambassador Jean-Marie Paugam of France, and Ambassador Xiangchen Zhang of China are the new appointees.

According to Okonjo-Iweala, this is the first time in the organization’s history that half of the DDGs are women.

She clarified that the development demonstrated her contribution to bolstering the WTO with skilled leaders while also ensuring gender parity in senior roles.

Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is the WTO’s first female and African leader.

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After a hotly fought election, the 67-year-old former World Bank Managing Director took office on March 1, 2021.

Angela Ellard’s biography reveals that she worked with representatives of Congress and top Trump, Obama, Bush, and Clinton administration leaders to negotiate and deliver bipartisan trade policy benefits and legislation.

Anabel González previously held positions as Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Trade, Director-General for International Trade Negotiations, and Director-General of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), among others.

Jean-Marie Paugam was a senior trade official with the French government, most recently serving as the Permanent Representative of France to the World Trade Organization.

Xiangchen Zhang is the Vice Minister of China’s Ministry of Commerce at the moment. He previously served as China’s Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and as its Deputy Permanent Representative.

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