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Roberto Azevêdo
Ambassador Azevêdo holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Brasilia. He subsequently attended the 'Instituto Rio Branco', the graduate school of diplomacy run by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations. He joined the Brazilian Foreign Service in 1984. His first diplomatic posting was to Washington in 1988. He subsequently served in the Brazilian embassy in Montevideo before being assigned to the Permanent Mission of Brazil in Geneva in 1997. Roberto Azevêdo served on WTO dispute settlement panels and, in 2001, he was named head of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry’s Dispute Settlement Unit where he remained until 2005. During his tenure he acted as chief litigator in many disputes at the WTO. From 2006 to 2008 he was Vice-Minister for Economic and Technological Affairs at the Foreign Ministry in Brasilia. In that capacity he was also Brazil's chief trade negotiator for the Doha Round and other WTO issues. In 2008 he was appointed Permanent Representative of Brazil to the WTO and other International Economic Organisations in Geneva. Ambassador Azevêdo has been a frequent lecturer on topics related to international economics and has published numerous articles on these issues. He is married to Ambassador Maria Azevêdo. They have two daughters and two granddaughters.
Ambassador Azevêdo holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Brasilia. He subsequently attended the 'Instituto Rio Branco', the graduate school of diplomacy run by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations. He joined the Brazilian Foreign Service in 1984. His first diplomatic posting was to Washington in 1988. He subsequently served in the Brazilian embassy in Montevideo before being assigned to the Permanent Mission of Brazil in Geneva in 1997. Roberto Azevêdo served on WTO dispute settlement panels and, in 2001, he was named head of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry’s Dispute Settlement Unit where he remained until 2005. During his tenure he acted as chief litigator in many disputes at the WTO. From 2006 to 2008 he was Vice-Minister for Economic and Technological Affairs at the Foreign Ministry in Brasilia. In that capacity he was also Brazil's chief trade negotiator for the Doha Round and other WTO issues. In 2008 he was appointed Permanent Representative of Brazil to the WTO and other International Economic Organisations in Geneva. Ambassador Azevêdo has been a frequent lecturer on topics related to international economics and has published numerous articles on these issues. He is married to Ambassador Maria Azevêdo. They have two daughters and two granddaughters.
The WTO was born out of negotiations, and everything the WTO does is the result of negotiations. The bulk of the WTO’s current work comes from the 1986–94 negotiations called the Uruguay Round and earlier negotiations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). The WTO is currently the host to new negotiations, under the ‘Doha Development Agenda’ launched in 2001. Where countries have faced trade barriers and wanted them lowered, the negotiations have helped to open markets for trade. But the WTO is not just about opening markets, and in some circumstances its rules support maintaining trade barriers — for example, to protect consumers or prevent the spread of disease.
The WTO was born out of negotiations, and everything the WTO does is the result of negotiations. The bulk of the WTO’s current work comes from the 1986–94 negotiations called the Uruguay Round and earlier negotiations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). The WTO is currently the host to new negotiations, under the ‘Doha Development Agenda’ launched in 2001. Where countries have faced trade barriers and wanted them lowered, the negotiations have helped to open markets for trade. But the WTO is not just about opening markets, and in some circumstances its rules support maintaining trade barriers — for example, to protect consumers or prevent the spread of disease.









     

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