President Hage Geingob yesterday disclosed that Namibia shall be supporting the candidature of former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the director basic submit of the World Commerce Organisation (WTO).
His endorsement comes a number of days earlier than the WTO chooses a brand new international commerce chief. Okonjo-Iweala (66) is in competition to succeed Roberto Azevedo of Brazil, who stepped down on the finish of August. Namibia joined different African international locations in backing the Nigerian nationwide in opposition to South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee. The Geneva-based international commerce physique will title a brand new chief subsequent month.
“In the case of Africa, Nigeria is there. Nigeria talks for Africa. When people had excelled of their respective roles, they wanted to be supported. Namibia continued to help Okonjo-Iweala, however the difficulties of a political union or authorities,” Geingob mentioned. He was talking at State Home throughout a farewell courtesy name by out-going Nigerian Excessive Commissioner to Namibia Lilian Onor.
Through the assembly, the President emphasised the significance of African unity that Africans wanted to face collectively. He additional commented Nigeria for the constructive function it performs within the development of African points and pursuits.
On her half, Ambassador Onor has reaffirmed the wonderful bilateral relations between the 2 international locations.
She thanked the Namibian chief for backing Okonjo-Iweala in her quest to develop into one of many first females to go the 25-year-old intergovernmental organisation.
She additional thanked President Geingob for the help Namibia gave to Nigeria in the course of the profitable re-election of Dr Akinwumi Adesina because the president of the Africa Growth Financial institution earlier in August.