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Countdown to global trade deadline marked by dire warnings

The World Trade Organization has about 20 working days left to stitch together the first global trade deal in two decades, but even the faster tempo of talks under new chief Roberto Azevedo may be too little, too late.

Trade talks: Solving simple issue 1st is way forward, says Lamy

With Doha round of talks for opening global trade remaining inconclusive for years, WTO chief Pascal Lamy Tuesday said member-countries should first address proposals like trade facilitation, which can be agreed upon easily, and then move to complex issues.