Brazilian trade envoy voted as next WTO head to benefit Thailand

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BANGKOK, 9 May 2013  Brazilian trade envoy Roberto Azevedo has been chosen as the next World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-general, which will benefit Thailand’s trade in the global trade arena. 

Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom said that the Brazilian trade diplomat is widely perceived as an expert in trade negotiation, with extensive experience in international trading.

A mutual relationship between Thailand and Brazil, a growing economic power, will be beneficial to Thailand especially in terms of fair free trade promotion in agriculture produces, said Mr. Boonsong.

Brazil ranks as Thailand’s 25th top trading partner. The total trade value is worth over US4.6 billion, with import value of US2.4 billion. Most imported products from Brazil are for use in the export manufacturing.

Mr. Azevedo will be the first Latin-American to lead the organization. He will succeed incumbent WTO director-general Pascal Lamy of France in September 1.

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