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WTO Chief Roberto Azevedo to resign a year before for personal reason

WTO Chief Roberto Azevedo to resign a year before for personal reason

Friday 15th May 2020

The Head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Roberto Azevedo has announced his resignation, a year before his term expires. He will step down on 31 August 2020.

Roberto Azevedo said it had been a "personal decision" reached with his family, and stressed that he was not leaving to pursue "political opportunities".

"This is a decision that I do not take lightly," Azevedo told member state representatives, according to a written version of his speech.

Under Azevedo's leadership, there have been important practical moves towards reform, including through the use of flexible negotiating structures, were done.

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