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Stiglitz, Negroponte Urge Biden to Back Okonjo-Iweala for WTO

  • Former officials say U.S. should join consensus on trade chief
  • Nigerian economist’s selection impeded by Trump administration
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of former senior U.S. government officials urged President Joe Biden to clear a path for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to head the World Trade Organization after the Trump administration blocked her selection.

Okonjo-Iweala, who would be the first woman to lead the WTO, is a dynamic leader who has the vision to manage the Geneva-based trade body through an era of reform, ex-officials including former World Bank Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz and former United Nations Ambassador John Negroponte said in a letter to Biden posted on the website AllAfrica.com.