Chiedu Osakwe

Director General and Chief Negotiator, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN)

Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe is currently Chief Trade Negotiator for Nigeria and Director-General of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations. He is also, currently, the Chairman of the Negotiating Forum for the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) being negotiated. Prior to his current positions, he was a senior official in the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization from 1998 to 2017. In this period, he held several posts, including Director Technical Cooperation Division; Director, Textiles Division; Head of the Integrated Working Group for Least-Developed Countries; and, most recently, Director of the WTO Accessions Division (2009–2016). Prior to the WTO he was a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer (1979–1998).

Opinion

9 November 2017
Ahead of the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, some WTO members have expressed interest in including aspects of the so-called “new economy,” in particular investment facilitation and e-commerce, in multilateral trade talks. Why should African countries engage on those topics?...

Bridges news

15 November 2017
Dans la perspective de la Onzième conférence ministérielle de l’OMC, certains pays membres ont manifesté le souhait d’intégrer certains aspects dits de la « nouvelle économie », et notamment la facilitation de l’investissement et le commerce électronique, aux pourparlers commerciaux multilatéraux...
8 November 2017
Ahead of the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, some WTO members have expressed interest in including aspects of the so-called “new economy,” in particular investment facilitation and e-commerce, in multilateral trade talks. Why should African countries engage on those topics?...
1 October 1997
The history of recent multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) shows that their successful negotiation depends on the combination and balance between coercive trade and incentive-driven positive measures. Logic and the cumulation of policy practice with MEAs also show that the more balanced the...