Special envoy to WHO
She is to serve alongside British business executive, Andrew Witty, in the same capacity, to mobilise international commitment to the initiative.
The appointment of Iweala comes weeks after the IMF named Mrs Iweala a member of the fund’s External Advisory Group.
The Director-General of the organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus, made the announcement during the launch of the ACT Accelerator — via webinar from Geneva.
“I would especially like to thank Sir Andrew Witty and Dr. Okonjo-Iweala for agreeing to act as Special Envoys for the ACT Accelerator,” Mr Ghebreyesus said in his remarks.
The initiative is an international collaboration aimed at accelerating the development, production, and equitable distribution of COVID-19 drugs, tests kits, and vaccines around the world. Amidst COVID 19 outbreak, this is the fourth international assignment given to Okonjo Iweala in less than two months.
On March 7, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa appointed her a member of the country’s Economic Advisory Council, which comprises indigenous and international economic experts.
The council advises the president and government on the development and implementation of economic policies toward advancing inclusive growth.
The group comprises prominent individuals from around the world, who will serve as Georgieva’s special advisers.
AU appointed Okonjo Iweala special envoy for Africa youth on COVID 19
Iweala was also appointed as AU special envoy for Youth as well as the continent experience wave of COVID 19 out break.
Advice – By Okonjo Iweala
The special envoy advice Africa youths to use the COVID-19 Crisis to Unleash their Innovation and potentials.
The COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery are giving African youth opportunities to innovate across sectors and create much-needed jobs, according to African Union (AU) Special Envoy Okonjo-Iweala.
“We can look at the crisis differently by asking the question: what opportunities can emerge from the crisis for young people, given that unemployment is a big problem on the continent?” presented by Ms Okonjo-Iweala during the Continental Online Discussion on 13 May.