WHO appoints Okonjo-Iweala as Special Envoy on COVID-19

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has appoint former finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as a Special Envoy for the newly inaugurated Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator.

Okonjo-Iweala would serve alongside British business executive, Sir Andrew Witty in the same capacity, to mobilise international commitment to the initiative.

Director-General of the organisation, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, made the announcement during the launch of the ACT Accelerator — via webinar from Geneva.

The initiative is an international collaboration aimed at accelerating the development, production, and equitable distribution of COVID-18 drugs, tests kits, and vaccines around the world.

This is the fourth international assignment given to Okonjo-Iweala in less than two months. The International Monetary Fund named her a member of the fund’s External Advisory Group.

The group comprises prominent individuals from around the world, who will serve as Georgieva’s special advisers.

On March 7,South Africa President,  Cyril Ramaphosa   appointed Okonjo-Iweala as a member of the country’s Economic Advisory Council, which comprises indigenous and international economic experts.

The council is to advises the president and government on the development and implementation of economic policies toward advancing inclusive growth.

On April 12, former minister was also appointed as one of the four Special Envoys the African Union (AU) to mobilise international support for its efforts toward addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

The Africa Union 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

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