Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7.00pm/Proshare WebTV
The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe as the Director General with concurrent designation as Chief Negotiator, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN).
NOTN is legally domiciled in the Ministry of Industries, Trade and Investments saddled with the responsibility of managing the trade negotiations of Nigeria.
It will be recalled that the Federal executive council in May, 2017 approved the establishment of the NOTN as the standing negotiation body for the country.
This appointment takes effect from June 6th, 2017 for a period of four years. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Osakwe was a Trade Adviser at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, advising the Federal Government on trade policy and structural reforms.
Osakwe has a rich education background from University of Ibadan(Nigeria), Oxford University(United Kingdom) and obtained his PH.D in New York University(United States).
Ambassador Osakwe served as a diplomat with the Foreign Affairs Ministry and was later assigned to the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations(UN), before joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), where he rose to the position of Director, Accessions Division.
He is also an adjunct Professor on a leave of absence from the International University of Geneva (IUG), on international trade policy, diplomacy and negotiations. The new DG of NOTN has published articles widely in the areas of trade policy and negotiations, foreign policy and national security.
With the new appointment all reports and recommendations from the NOTN on trade policy shall be reviewed by the Economic Management Team based on the memoranda submitted by the Minister of Industries, Trade and Investment, for decision making by FEC as appropriate.