THE WORLD Trade Organisation has agreed at its ministerial meeting in Qatar, to intensify its ongoing agriculture talks, which cover confectionary products; it was part of a decision to launch a general round of trade negotiations. Ministers established a deadline of the next WTO summit, (in 2003), for member governments to propose a complete list of formal concessions they are prepared to make on quotas, tariffs, subsidies and other trade barriers for food and drink goods. The resulting liberalisation may be deeper than so far foreseen, ...

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