Brazilian WTO Director-General Confirms Resignation in 2020 to Prevent Further Turmoil

Roberto Azevedo's premature departure, originally scheduled for September 2021, comes at a sensitive time for the World Trade Organization.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian diplomat Roberto Azevêdo said his decision to leave the World Trade Organization a year earlier would be the best means to avoid further turmoil in the alliance, already rocked by attacks from US President Donald Trump and the onset of a global recession.

"I'm leaving because, frankly, I think it's the best thing for me, for my family and for the organization," Azevêdo, the WTO's director-general, said in a phone interview with Bloomberg News on Thursday, adding that time was a key factor in this decision. "We are not . . .

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