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WTO chief calls for a Paris-style deal in Nairobi

The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) first ever Ministerial Conference in Africa began here on Tuesday, with leaders from the continent and the WTO chief Roberto Azevedo exhorting the 162 member countries to be inspired by 195 nations recently inking the ‘historic’ Paris agreement on climate change and reach a similarly ambitious pact to liberalise world trade and lift millions out of poverty.

The ministerial conference (the WTO's highest decision-making body) is taking place in the Kenyan capital at a time when the global trade body is celebrating its 20th anniversary, but in the backdrop of sluggish world trade and tepid economic growth.



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