Germany had 201,836 cases and 9,157 deaths as of Friday, July 17. Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has proved again and again that she can be a Merkel. And the World Trade Organisation, WTO, can be her Germany. Contention for WTO’s apex job The office of WTO Director-General will be vacated in August and, as usual, some of the world’s heavyweight finance and trade experts are contending for the position. This is coming at a time the world deserves strategic, decisive and truthful leadership in every sector, just like women leaders are displaying. From Taiwan to New Zealand, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Denmark as shown by a recent Forbes report, where COVID-19 cases and deaths have been relatively low, women serve as leaders. Okonjo-Iweala is in that class of women. Multilateral systems As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, there is no questioning the fact that the world trade system is doomed to face a lot of difficulties in establishing confidence in multilateral systems. The more reason the WTO needs that breath of fresh air only Okonjo-Iweala can bring. Fortunately, she has always been an ardent advocate of multilateral trade systems in line with the WTO’s guidelines. There couldn’t have been a better time but now to have her head the WTO.