Unlocking the negotiating pillar one of the biggest priorities of the new WTO leader

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WTO Director-General Selection Process – Mr Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil) – 31 January 2013. [Photo: © WTO/Studio Casagrande]

One of the biggest priorities for the new Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be unlocking the negotiating pillar.

Brazil's Roberto Azevedo, takes up duties as the next director general of the World Trade organization on 1 September.

He tells UN Radio the WTO is in a state of paralysis and largely due t the fact that we cannot advance the negotiations.

“To the extent that we are stuck there, everything else in the organisation is pretty much paralysed as well. The whole trade agenda discussions that we have to have on trade related modern issues simply don't happen and to unlock the negotiations, we have to deliver something at the ministerial conference in Bali at the end of the year. There are meaningful areas of substantial interest to modern businesses but also achieving something at Bali would give members a sense of ability to negotiate again, multilaterally again, and to reach consensus decisions which ware important to today's world.”

Mr. Azevedo would succeed Pascal Lamy of France on Sept. 1, making him the first Latin American to head the global trade organization since its creation in 1995.

He takes the helm of the World Trade Organization at a time it is struggling to find ways to revive stalled talks on freeing global commerce and to help develop poorer nations.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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