Message from Director-General Roberto Azevêdo

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2014 was a momentous year for the WTO. We achieved a great deal, but we also faced a stern test as an organization. After the jubilant scenes at our Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali at the end of 2013, WTO members went into the new year determined to implement the decisions that were taken there, with all the gains that this would bring for growth and development around the world, and to advance negotiations on the remaining elements of the Doha Development Agenda. However, the route ahead was not free of obstacles. Concerns were raised about the relative pace at which some elements of the Bali Package were moving forward and, as a consequence, a major milestone for implementation was missed in July.

Related Topics: The WTO ; Trade monitoring
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