May 14, 2020 / 4:01 PM / 2 months ago

WTO chief Azevedo to step down a year early

FILE PHOTO: Director-General of World Trade Organization Roberto Azevedo attends a session at the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA (Reuters) - Roberto Azevedo, the director-general of the World Trade Organization, said on Thursday he would be leaving his post at the end of August, a year earlier than planned, saying his personal decision was also in the interests of the WTO.

Azevedo, 62, has headed the Geneva-based trade body since 2013 and is serving a second term that was due to conclude at the end of August 2021.

Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Michael Shields

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