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Election of Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo for the post of Director General, WTO

India welcomes the election of Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo of the Federative Republic of Brazil for the post of Director General, WTO.

India supports a fair and rule-based multilateral trading system and has remained actively engaged in the discussions in WTO and in other multilateral forums including G-20, G-33, etc. to ensure that the interests of developing countries are protected. India hopes that the vast experience in the matters in the remit of WTO which Ambassador Azevêdo brings, would help break the impasse in the Doha Round as well as strengthen the WTO.

India and Brazil are committed to creating an enabling international order conducive to alleviation of hunger and poverty and social development. Both our countries are working closely in various multilateral forums including BRICS, IBSA, G20 and others on reform of global political and economic governance. In this context, election of the Brazilian candidate for the post of Director General WTO assumes salience.

India will work closely with the new Director General and with other developing countries for the forthcoming 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in December 2013 for a balanced package with adequate outcomes for the developing countries, Lest Developed Countries and the Small Vulnerable Economies.

New Delhi
17 May 2013

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