That new era is likely to see the WTO move towards more narrowly-focused negotiations. AFP / TONY KARUMBA
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That new era is likely to see the WTO move towards more narrowly-focused negotiations rather than the large monolithic global agreement targeted in the Doha round, something the US has been pushing for alongside other WTO members in recent years.Roberto Azevedo, director-general of the WTO, said while major divisions still remained among members the package of measures agreed in Nairobi remained significant and a sign that the WTO could still deliver results. The elimination of export subsidies, he said, was the "most significant" thing the WTO had delivered in the important area of agriculture in its 20-year history, noting that the issue was a major one for many WTO members at the birth of the Doha round in 2001 .
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