Chiedu Osakwe

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

Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe is Nigeria’s Chief Trade Negotiator and Director General of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations. He chaired the Negotiating Forum of the African Union (AU) from June 2017 to March 2018, during which time the negotiations were concluded on the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Previously, he was on the staff of the World Trade Organization Secretariat (1998–2017) during which he was director of a number of WTO divisions. Prior to the WTO Secretariat, he was a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer (1979 to 1998).

Opinion

1 October 2018
The World Trade Organization remains an indispensable organisation but it requires urgent modernisation. Members have to face the reality that the organisation requires non-cosmetic, serious root-and-branch reform for a WTO adapted to 21 st century economic and political realities. The range of...
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...