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WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Meets President Bola Tinubu to Discuss Alleviating Nigeria's Current Situation

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WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Meets President Bola Tinubu to Discuss Alleviating Nigeria's Current Situation
The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, met with President Bola Tinubu to discuss ways of alleviating the difficult conditions that Nigerians are facing. They focused on job creation, women's empowerment, and bolstering digital trade within Nigeria's economy. The visit also explored investment opportunities and support from the WTO, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry. Both Okonjo-Iweala and Tinubu are committed to implementing intervention measures to bring relief to the citizens.

ABUJA - The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngo­zi Okonjo-Iweala, on Tuesday, met with President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where she revealed that the pres­ident is not oblivious of the pains Nigerians are undergoing at the moment.

Okonjo-Iweala, who was ac­companied by former Minister of State for Health and Minister-designate, Dr. Moham­med Pate, explained that the purpose of her visit was not in her capacity as the WTO helmsman, but to work out modalities on how to help Nigeria alleviate the suffering of its citizens.

The meeting with the president primarily focused on formulating approaches aimed at job creation, fostering women's empowerment, and bolstering digital trade within the Nigerian economy.

"This was not really an official WTO mission, but we were able to engage with Mr. President to talk about what are the kinds of programmes that could be put in place to make sure that Nigerians are okay. We had a conversation on trying to look at community and grassroots programmes that can be put in place to create jobs for young people trying to sup­port women and children who are bearing the brunt of some of the suffering in the country," said Okonjo-Iweala.

The discussion also focused on long-term investments across various sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry in Nigeria.

"We also talked about what type of support the WTO, the World Trade Organization, can bring. We are already working in Nigeria with women, in particular, who own small and medium enterprises, to help them upgrade the quality of their products, whether it's in the agricultural area, textiles, or other sectors, so that they can sell more internationally.

"We're trying to help them with digital trade. The wave of the future is digital trade. So, how do we train and empower Nigerian women and small and medium enterprises throughout the country and create more jobs?" added Okonjo-Iweala.

She emphasized the need for immediate action to alleviate the difficult conditions faced by Nigerians. As the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, she expressed her commitment to supporting Nigeria during these challenging times.

Pate, a former Chief Executive Officer of GAVI, the global vaccine alliance, echoed Okonjo-Iweala's sentiments and confirmed Tinubu's dedication to mitigating the suffering of Nigerians.

Pate assured the public that the current difficulties are transitory and that the president is actively involved in implementing intervention measures aimed at bringing relief to the people.

The discussions also highlighted plans to prioritize grassroots programmes that support women and the youth. There is also a focus on healthcare, including health insurance, primary health care, and hospitals.

Overall, the meeting between Okonjo-Iweala, Tinubu, and Pate demonstrated a shared commitment to addressing Nigeria's current challenges by implementing strategies related to job creation, women's empowerment, and digital trade. The support from the WTO and potential investments will further contribute to alleviating the suffering of Nigerians, especially women and children who have been significantly affected.

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