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African Union

3rd Ordinary session
5 – 9 June 2005
Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt

The Cairo Declaration and road map on the Doha work programme

African Union

9 June 2005

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Cairo Declaration

We, the Ministers of Trade of the Member States of the African Union meeting in our Third Ordinary session in Cairo, Egypt on the 8-9 June 2005 to consider a number of issues of critical importance to the development of Africa, including a review of the state of play in the Doha Work Programme (DWP).

Recalling the Kigali Declaration and its Annex the Kigali Consensus adopted at our 2nd Ordinary session and endorsed by the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government at its 3rd Ordinary session,

Welcoming the adoption of the General Council Decision on 1st August 2004 as a breakthrough in the WTO Members’ collective efforts to bring back on track the Doha Work Programme,

Reaffirming our commitment to engage constructively in the preparatory process and at the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong with a view to ensuring a successful completion of the DWP,

Concerned that limited progress has been achieved on core elements of the development dimension of the DWP,

Reiterating the urgency to meet the commitment of the Doha mandate of placing the needs and interests of developing countries and, in particular least developed countries, at the heart of the WTO work programme,

Reaffirming the need for the negotiations to be inclusive and transparent to ensure political ownership of the process and of the outcome of the negotiations,

Convinced that an ambitious development-centred outcome in the negotiations will engender a more viable, equitable and durable multilateral trading system that would contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals by our countries,

Calling on WTO Members to demonstrate the requisite political will to achieve progress in July 2005 that would lay the basis for a successful Hong Kong WTO Ministerial Conference.

Hereby adopt the Cairo Road-Map on the Doha Work Programme as an annex to this Declaration.

We thank the Government and the people of the Arab Republic of Egypt for the warm hospitality extended to us and for all the excellent facilities put at our disposal.

Done in Cairo, Egypt on 9th June 2005

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