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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Wins World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) 2020 International Service Award

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Wins World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) 2020 International Service Award

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, and Foreign Affairs, who is also a Development Economist with many years of experience and service in World Bank,  has won the 2020 International Service Award of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA).

Dr Okonjo-Iweala  disclosed this via her official Twitter handle on Tuesday, November 17, and thanked WACA, said she was honoured to win the prestigious award.

“Honored to win the 2020 International Service Award of the World Affairs Councils of America. Thank You @WACAmericafor bringing the world to America through dialogue, debate & action! #COVID19 shows us how interconnected the world is & how important it is to be each other’s keeper,” she tweeted.

For 40 years, the WACA National Conference has brought World Affairs Council leaders and members to engage with top government officials, diplomats, business executives, innovators, journalists, educators, and students on the most pressing global issues and policy choices that impact human lives.

The body through its yearly conference promises the following to participants:

  • Timely expert opinions and analysis about the United States election in November

  • Diverse and inclusive perspectives and audience dialogue about America’s role in the world

  • Access to extraordinary speakers, thought leaders, and ambassadors available for local Council programming

  • Professional development, leadership training, and peer-to-peer networking.

Recall that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is in the race for the Director General of World Trade Organization (WTO) and has secured the votes of 163 of the 164 members of the trade organisation. Okonjo-Iweala has secured cross-regional backing with only the United States opposing the consensus.

US is backing Okonjo-Iweala’s sole opponent,  Ms. Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea.

“Honored to win the 2020 International Service Award of the World Affairs Councils of America. Thank You @WACAmericafor bringing the world to America through dialogue, debate & action! #COVID19 shows us how interconnected the world is & how important it is to be each other’s keeper,” she tweeted.

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