WTO’s Director-General begins his second four-year term

Roberto Azevêdo marked the start of his second term as Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Mr. Azevêdo, of Brazil, was appointed to a four-year term by the Organisation’s General Council in 2013, succeeding Pascal Lamy from France.

Last February the General Council reappointed by consensus Mr. Azevêdo for a second term as Director-General, starting on September 1, 2017. Mr. Azevêdo is the sixth Director-General of the WTO.

“There is no doubt that this is a testing time for global trade,” said the Director-General. “Trade growth has been persistently low, though we are beginning to see some more positive signs. While protectionism has been kept at bay since the financial crisis, we must remain vigilant. And in a time of rapid economic change, driven by technology, we have the challenge of ensuring that trade continues to be a positive force for job creation, growth and development around the world.”

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