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funding efforts in order to achieve internationally agreed development goals including (MDGs). In this regard, they agreed to undertake the necessary actions, in collaboration with the G77, to ensure that the international community stays engaged in the FfD process. The Ministers urged the international community to create a dedicated multilateral mechanism of international financing for the development of infrastructure in developing countries.

International Trade

  • 230.

    The Ministers noted with satisfaction that, at the General Council on 31 July 2004, WTO Members have been able to agree to a framework for further negotiations under the Doha Work Programme. The successful final outcome of the Doha Work Programme would depend on the manner in which negotiations take into account the interests and concerns of developing countries and in a process that is transparent and inclusive. The Ministers recall that in the Doha Ministerial Declaration, it had been emphasized that the needs and interests of the developing countries, have to be placed at the heart of the Work Programme and that positive efforts should be continued to ensure that developing countries, and especially the least developing among them, secure a share in the growth of world trade. They reiterated the Movement’s position on the negotiations on International Trade at the WTO as outlined in paragraph 239 of the Kuala Lumpur Declaration and the need to redouble efforts for the early and effective realization of the objectives of the Doha Development Agenda.

  • 231.

    The Ministers agreed to work towards seeking greater market access to developed countries for agricultural and other non-agricultural exports of interest to the developing countries in multilateral negotiations. They reiterated that negotiations on these issues must fully take into account the concerns and special needs of the developing countries, especially the need for operationalisation of Special and Differential treatment to promote, inter alia, food security, rural development and export diversification in developing countries, which are predominantly agrarian economies. In this regard they stressed the importance of the further strengthening of their productive capacities and creation of an environment conducive to product and export diversification. They also urged that particular concerns of developing countries relating, inter alia, to trade preferences and net food imports be adequately addressed.

  • 232.

    The Ministers emphasised the need to facilitate the accession of developing countries, particularly LDCs, into the WTO with a more streamlined and non-discriminatory process of accession, as reflected in the Zanzibar Ministerial Declaration of the LDCs. In this regard, the Ministers reiterated the need for developed countries to grant LDCs duty- free market access and welcomed the European Union’s “Everything-but-Arms” initiative and the commitment undertaken by the Third United Nations Conference on LDCs to expedite the work towards duty-free and quota-free access for all products originating from LDCs in markets of developed countries.

  • 233.

    The Ministers welcomed the outcome of the UNCTAD XI Ministerial Meeting held in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 13 – 18 June 2004 and reaffirmed UNCTAD’s unique role as the focal point in the United Nations system for trade and development and the interrelated areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development as was ratified in the Sao Paulo Consensus. The Ministers also welcomed the offer of the Government of Ghana to host UNCTAD XII in 2008.


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