On February 5, 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration expressed its strong support for the candidacy of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director General of the WTO, stating: "Dr. Okonjo-Iweala brings a wealth of knowledge in economics and international diplomacy from her 25 years with the World Bank and two terms as Nigerian Finance Minister. She is widely respected for her effective leadership and has proven experience managing a large international organization with a diverse membership."
The General Council agreed by consensus on February 15, 2021, to select Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria as the organization's seventh Director-General. When she takes office on 1 March, Dr Okonjo-Iweala will become the first woman and the first African to be chosen as Director-General. Her term, renewable, will expire on 31 August 2025.