Photo Story: Okonjo-Iweala celebrates 70th birthday with WTO community

On Thursday, June 13, 2024, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), celebrated her 70th birthday. As part of the festivities, WTO officials and ambassadors gathered to honor the esteemed leader, presenting her with bouquets of flowers.

The birthday celebrations took place at the WTO headquarters, where Okonjo-Iweala was surrounded by the organization's ambassadors and staff. The event was a testament to the respect and admiration that the WTO community holds for its Director-General.

In a message shared on X, the social media platform, Okonjo-Iweala expressed her gratitude to the WTO staff and ambassadors for their birthday wishes and the thoughtful gesture of the flower bouquets. The Director-General's appreciation underscored the strong bonds and camaraderie within the WTO family.

“I don’t normally do personal tweets, but today is an exception!” WTO DG wrote.

“It has been one of the happiest days of my life – my 70th birthday! So much outpouring of love from everywhere!!

“I want to thank all WTO Ambassadors, WTO staff, friends and family! I’ve never received so many bouquets of flowers from all over the world, as I have today! Along with good wishes and prayers.

“I consider myself blessed to have a loving husband, family, friends and well wishers! All Glory and Thanks to God!”

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's 70th birthday marks a significant milestone in her illustrious career. As the first woman and first African to lead the WTO, she has been a trailblazer, championing global trade, economic development, and international cooperation. The birthday celebrations serve as a testament to her remarkable achievements and the impact she has had on the world stage.
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