Published January 10, 2013
BRASILIA, Brazil – Brazil's candidate to head the World Trade Organization says that if he's selected he'll focus on restarting long-stalled global talks to lower trade barriers.
Roberto Azevedo says he'd strive to build consensus between developed and developing countries in hopes of resuming the so-called Doha Round of talks that began in 2001 but have not reached agreement.
Azevedo told a news conference Thursday in Brasilia that the talks' failure has sparked "serious and concrete differences" among the trade organization's 157 member states.
The 55-year-old Azevedo has been Brazil's ambassador to the WTO. In his bid to replace the WTO's outgoing director general, Pascal Lamy of France, Azevedo is up against seven other candidates from countries including South Korea, Jordan, Kenya, Costa Rica and Mexico.