Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former finance minister, has been named by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as its Special Envoy for the newly inaugurated Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator.
According to the Director-General of the organisation, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus who made the announcement during the launch via webinar from Geneva, she would be serving alongside Sir Andrew Witty. Sir Andrew is a British business executive who is expected to champion the cause together with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to mobilize international commitment to the initiative.
The initiative is an international effort collaboration aimed at accelerating the development, production, and equal distribution of COVID-19 drugs, tests kits, and vaccines all around the world.
This will be the fourth international assignment given to Okonjo-Iweala in less than two months.
Recall that on March 7, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa appointed her as a member of SA’s Economic Advisory Council, which usually is comprised of both indigenous and international economic experts.
On April 10, the MD of International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, also named Okonjo-Iweala a member of IMF External Advisory Group.
Okonjo-Iweala is also one of the four Special Envoys the African Union (AU) appointed on April 12 to mobilise international support for its efforts toward addressing the coronavirus pandemic.
The AU special envoys are charged with soliciting the support of the G20, the European Union and other international financial institutions for the organisation’s response.
Okonjo-Iweala is quite a respected name on the international scene. An astute economist and development expert, who has served as Managing Director of the World Bank, among many other assignments.
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