‘It can’t be business as usual’: the Nigerian frontrunner to be next WTO head

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says poorer nations have lost faith in trade body and Covid-19 is chance to prove its relevance

The World Trade Organization needs to be at the forefront of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in order to help restore its battered reputation, one of the favourites to be its next leader has said.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s choice to replace Roberto Azevêdo as WTO director general, said trade rules should ensure that medical breakthroughs save lives everywhere and not just in the countries where they were developed.

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