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James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent

Textile Summit Planned In Washington

By James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent

 Leaders of the US textile industry and the textile and apparel industries in 54 countries are planning a summit meeting in Washington Jan. 25-26, to map plans to pursue new strategies following the removal of virtually all import quotas on textiles and apparel. Participants are members of the Global Alliance for Fair Textile Trade (GAFTT), which has been supporting the so-called Istanbul Declaration that, among other things, called for a three-year extension of quotas and urged the World Trace Organization (WTO) to analyze and identify solutions to problems GAFTT members say will result from the end of quotas.  With the question of  worldwide quotas now a moot point, the summit meeting will address new ways collective actions can address trade problems. The coalition members will call on the WTO to address the adverse economic impact of the quota removal  on both developing nations and developed nations and unfair trade practices. It also will strongly recommend use of the safeguard mechanism in the Chinese accession to the WTO agreement to impose new quotas on Chinese imports where it can be demonstrated they are disrupting or threatening to disrupt markets.

January 2005