WTO celebrates 20th anniversary

A ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the WTO was held in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, where it was created as the global trade forum from the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), on April 8, 2015.
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World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General, Roberto Azevedo, stands next to a portrait of Moroccan King Mohammed VI as he delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the WTO in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh where it was created, on April 8, 2015. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Morocco's Minister of Industry and Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in the city of Marrakesh where it was created, on April 8, 2015. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (R) arrives at the venue of the opening ceremony of the 9th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Meeting in Nusa Dua on December 3, 2013. The WTO launches a frantic drive on December 3 to salvage its floundering efforts to liberalise global trade at a summit laced with potential make-or-break implications for the body's global influence. (AFP/Getty Images)
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World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevedo (C) of Brazil attends on November 26, 2013 a general council meeting at the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Azevedo was to brief the council on whether last-ditch, round the clock negotiations had managed to craft an accord to put before trade ministers at the WTO's December 3-6 summit on the Indonesian island of Bali. (AFP/Getty Images)
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View of the opening session of the World Trade Organization conference in Doha 09 November 2001. The Gulf emirate came close to losing its chance to host the conference as members questioned the wisdom of convening a huge meeting in the region at a time when the United States and Britain were attacking Afghanistan. But following repeated security assurances from the Qatari authorities, the 142-member organization decided to stick to Doha as a venue for an estimated 4,500 people attending the meeting. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Qatari Finance, Economy and Trade Minister Sheikh Yussef Hussein Kamal (2nd L) gestures as he shares a light moment with an unidentified Chinese delegates while Chinese Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Minister Shi Guangsheng signs his country's WTO accession documents during a ceremony in Doha 11 November 2001. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Head of the World Trade Organization Mike Moore (L), Qatari Finance, Economy and Trade Minister Sheikh Yussef Hussein Kamal (C) and Chinese Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Minister Shi Guangsheng share a toast during the signing ceremony of China's entry in the WTO in Doha 11 November 2001. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Members of the Ruckus Society protest group gather to make an anti-World Trade Organization (WTO) statement at the site of Vice President Al Gore's visit to a senior citizen center near Seattle, WA 15 November 1999. The WTO is scheduled to meet November 30-December 3 in Seattle. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The General Director of the World Trade Organization, Michael Moore, announces the indefinite postponement of the WTO Summit opening 30 November, 1999. The delay was due to disruptions by protesters outside the Paramount Theater where the summit was due to begin this morning. The demonstration prevented WTO delegations from reaching the theater. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Evening sets 07 December on the Singapore International Convention Center (C), which will host the inaugural World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting 09-13 December. The once barren island is now full of gleaming towers and housing estates and is an international economic powerhouse whose standard of living is second only to Japan's in Asia. (AFP/Getty Images)