4 weeks Damaged WTO now leaderless as chief Azevedo steps down Inquirer
GENEVA --- World Trade Organization's director-general Roberto Azevedo steps down on Monday, leaving the already-damaged global watchdog leaderless as it faces the biggest crisis in its 25-year history. As the WTO's influence seeps away, rising international tensions and protectionism during a COVID-induced slowdown, most obviously between China and President Donald Trump's U.S. administration, make reform of global trade rules ever more urgent. "This is indeed a new -- though alas not unsurprising -- low point for the WTO," said Rohinton Medhora, president of the Center for International Governance Innovation. "The organization has been directionless for some time, several yea...Keep on ... more