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Nigeria’s Adamu Abdulhamid Emerges WTO Trade Facilitation Committee Chairman

Nigeria’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization, Dr. Adamu Mohammed Abdulhamid has emerged the Chairman of the Committee on Trade facilitation of the WTO.

His emergence is contained in a letter written by Mr Christopher O’Toole to all Heads of Delegations and WTO Members.

The letter said that Abdulhamid will serve as Chairman of the Committee for the 2022 and 2023 fiscal period.

The letter reads, “I would like to inform you that further to my communication on May 24, 2022, no comment has been received by the secretariat regarding the nominee for the chairperson of the committee on trade facilitation. Therefore, the committee on trade facilitation has elected H. E, Dr Adamu Mohammed Abdulhamid (Nigeria) for the year 2022-2023.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last year approved the appointment of Dr. Adamu Mohammed Abdulhamid, as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization for a perid of four years.

Until his appointment as WTO Envoy, Adamu, was the Acting Head Chargé d’ Affaires of Nigeria Trade Office to the WTO, Geneva, Switzerland.

He holds an Msc. in Economics and International Development from Clermont Ferrand University, France, a Masterclass Certificate in Business Management and Leadership from London Graduate School, UK and Honorary Doctorate in International Relations and Economic Diplomacy from the Commonwealth University, UK.

He has acquired 28 years working experience on World Trade matters and Trade Negotiations and was the campaign coordinator of Okonjo-Iweala in Geneva, Switzerland when she was vying for the position of the DG of WTO.

He led the Nigerian government team in Geneva, Switzerland in the campaign and winning of the position of Director-General, World Trade Organisation by Nigerian candidate, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, 2021 – 2024.

He was National Secretary, task force/national committee on trade facilitation in Nigeria, 2010 – September, 2018; facilitator on the establishment of transnational border & regional markets at the six geo-political zones in Nigeria, 2008 till date.

He has also attended so many training and workshops such as international forum for national trade facilitation committees: boosting capacities and partnerships for implementation, 23rd – 27th January, 2017 at United Nations Secretariat, Geneva, Switzerland; policy makers course on trade facilitation by Trapca, 16th – 20th february, 2015 in Arusha, Tanzania; and WTO regional advanced trade negotiations simulation skills course on WTO negotiation skills, Johannesburg, South Africa, 9th – 13th july, 2012.

He has also attended the Netherlands trainees programme (internship) at WTO secretariat, Geneva, Switzerland, 16th February – 18th December, 2009; regional intensive course on trade negotiations skills, Mauritius, 26th – 30th may, 2008; and course on economic partnership agreement between the EU and ECOWAS, organized by World Bank, held at Asokoro, Abuja

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