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WTO adopts landmark global trade reform

Geneva

THE World Trade Organization (WTO) has adopted the first worldwide trade reform in its history, after years of stalemate, months of deadlock and a final day's delay following an eleventh-hour objection.

The agreement means the WTO will introduce new standards for customs checks and border procedures. Proponents say streamlining the flow of trade will add as much as US$1 trillion and 21 million jobs to the world economy. "We have put our negotiations back on track," WTO director-general Roberto...

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