THE OFTEN tortoise-like World Trade Organisation has set itself such tight deadlines to make serious progress in its ongoing agricultural round that it will have to work, in its terms, at break-neck speed.

Announcing the end of the second stage of the talks, where diplomats attempted to put details on the general liberalisation proposals made in stage one, the round's special session of the agriculture committee gave itself until March 31 to agree firm principles on which to base bilateral horse-trading that should start months ...

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