Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, has reaffirmed her commitment to supporting Nigeria amidst its challenges following her meeting with President Bola Tinubu.
During the discussion, Okonjo-Iweala and former Health Minister, Mohammed Ali Pate, emphasized the importance of grassroots programs aimed at benefiting the youth and women.
Okonjo-Iweala highlighted the WTO’s interest in bolstering trade for Nigeria, focusing on key sectors such as agriculture, textiles, and pharmaceuticals.
“We aim to assist in digital trade to boost job creation,” she stated.
The President’s meeting with Okonjo-Iweala was geared towards finding ways to alleviate the hardships faced by Nigerians.
Despite being an unofficial visit, they engaged in fruitful conversations about potential programs to mitigate the suffering of Nigerians.
The emphasis was on community and grassroots initiatives to generate employment opportunities for the youth, as well as to support women and children who are disproportionately affected.
Furthermore, discussions revolved around long-term investment prospects, including those in the pharmaceutical sector.
The World Trade Organisation’s ongoing efforts in Nigeria, particularly with women entrepreneurs running small and medium-sized enterprises, were also highlighted.
The aim is to enhance the quality of their products, enabling them to tap into international markets in areas like agriculture and textiles through improved digital trade practices.
Ultimately, the focus remains on assisting Nigerians in overcoming their current challenges and improving their circumstances.