China says has 'full confidence' in Okonjo-Iweala as next WTO head

FILE PHOTO: Nigeria's Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala listens to remarks during a discussion on "Falling Commodity Prices and the Myth of Peak Oil" at the IMF and World Bank's 2015 Annual Spring Meetings, in Washington April 19, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

(Reuters) - China commerce ministry on Monday said it had “full confidence” in Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next director-general of the World Trade Organization after her appointment was confirmed.

In a statement attributed to an unnamed official, China’s Ministry of Commerce said it expected the WTO to restore normal operations as soon as possible after Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment, promote necessary reforms, and maintain and enhance the effectiveness of the multilateral trading system.

Reporting by Tom Daly; Editing by Hugh Lawson