Late Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe was Nigeria’s Lead Negotiator on the Reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO), also represented Nigeria at the United Nations and Nigeria mission in different capacities during his illustrious career. He established the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN) and was Nigeria’s first Director-General and Chief Trade negotiator. He was a Trade Adviser to the Nigerian Economic Management Team (EMT), the WTO’s Accession Division director, the Chairman of the Negotiating Forum (NF) and Senior Trade Officials (STOs), for the negotiations on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), from June 2017 until March 2018, during which he led the AfCFTA Negotiating Institutions to finalize Stage 1, of the AfCFTA Negotiations (on Trade in Goods and Services), which the African Heads of State and Government sign.
Late Ambassador Osakwe was an Associate Professor on International Trade Policy, Diplomacy and Negotiations at the International University in Geneva (IUG). He was highly regarded for his global knowledge and practice of trade policy in the WTO and was respected in the AfCFTA Negotiating Institutions of the African Union (AU). Ambassador Osakwe was honoured with Awards by several governments. He was bilingual in English and French. He believed in hard work and the pursuit of excellence, which is why the Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe Foundation was set up to organize this annual memorial lecture in his honour.
The theme for this 3rd memorial lecture is:
Treaty Fragmentation in Regional Integration in Africa: The AfCFTA Binding Force
Date: Saturday 26th November, 2022
Time: 4:00-5:00pm WAT