DIPLOMATS at the World Trade Organisation have embarked upon the second stage of the agriculture round, which was launched last year. Having debated 44 broad negotiating proposals from 125 WTO member countries, national delegates will now examine these in detail, in a bid to prepare the ground for hard bargaining on market access, tariffs and quotas, in the year 2002.

The first subjects that will probably be analysed in detail include tariff quota administration, production subsidies, export subsidies and credits, state trading ...

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