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Incoming WTO Chief Says Regional Deals Threaten Doha Trade Talks

The World Trade Organization’s incoming director-general said nations pursuing regional and bilateral trade accords threaten to hamper efforts to revive global trade talks.

Roberto Azevedo, the Brazilian diplomat who takes over the helm of the WTO next month, said policy makers will be hard pressed to devote their attention to negotiations among the WTO’s 159 member-nations amid simultaneous regional-level and bi-lateral talks.