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Annual Report 2014

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The Annual Report 2014 provides an overview of WTO activities in 2013 and early 2014. The report opens with a message from WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and a brief summary of the year, followed by an in-depth review of the WTO's main areas of activity.

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Trade monitoring reports

Some WTO members applied new trade-restrictive measures in 2013 but countries generally resisted domestic pressures to erect trade barriers. The new measures added to the existing stock of trade restrictions and distortions. Global economic growth remained slow and uneven and this weighed heavily on world trade flows. The volume of world merchandise trade is expected to have grown by 2.5 per cent in 2013 and to grow by 4.5 per cent in 2014, which remains below historical trends.

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