The World Trade Organisation's Roberto Azevedo faces a tough challenge (photo:dpa)

WTO’s key role in maintaining free flow of global trade

The World Trade Organisation’s new director-general, Roberto Azevedo, starts his new job in September 2013 well aware that its relevance is being questioned. Countries are forming different trading blocs across the globe so Mr Azevedo has his work cut out to move the WTO back to centre stage of global free trade.

<i>International trade is more important to the global economy than ever. But doubts about the ability of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to help expand trade have grown in recent years. Increasingly, countries have turned to regional and bilateral negotiations to reduce trade barriers, generating a debate over the WTO’s relevance. These issues have come to the foref...

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He faces the challenge of how to restore the WTO’s credibility and relevance as talks begin over international trade agreements between regional trading blocs
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