The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has revealed that she and President Bola Tinubu discussed how to improve the lives of Nigerians.
Okonjo-Iweala who said she visited Tinubu in a private capacity, said Tinubu has pledged his readiness to improve the welfare of the citizens.
She said they talked about formulating policies that will stimulate job creation, foster women’s empowerment, and bolster digital trade within the country’s economy
“So, this was not really an official WTO mission, but we were able to engage with Mr President to talk about what kinds of programmes that we could put in place,” Okonjo-Iweala said.
“We had a conversation on trying to look at the community and grassroots programmes that can be put in place to create jobs for young people, trying to support women and children who are those bearing the brunt of some of the sufferings in the country.
“We also talked about what type of support the World Trade Organisation can bring.”
Okonjo-Iweala said the WTO was already in Nigeria working to improve women’s economic empowerment.
“We are already working in Nigeria with women in particular, who own small and medium enterprises to try to help them upgrade the quality of their products, whether it’s in the agricultural area, textiles, and in other areas so that they can sell more internationally,” she said.
“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, to create more jobs?
“That’s what’s needed now in Nigeria to alleviate these difficult conditions that they are in. So, that is what we discussed with Mr. President and as the director general of the World Trade Organization, we’re going to try to do the most we can to support Nigerians at this particular time.”