The new head of the World Trade Organisation, Nigerian-American, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, starts work on Monday.

The former Nigerian finance and foreign minister has made history as the first woman and first African to run the WTO.

As Okonjo-Iweala resumes work, she has made comments on her areas of focus, based on priority. She said addressing the health and economic consequences of the pandemic is an important priority.

Another area the WTO is ready to focus on is the concern in Washington and other capitals about China’s trade policies, and how to handle them.

Considering the wishes of member countries when implementing policies, Dr Okonjo-Iweala, who is known to be a reformist, might experience constraints.