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Textile and Clothing Makers to Meet in Bali

International Textile and Clothing Bureau ITCB Set Bali Conference for April 4-7, 2005.

(2/5/2005) International Textile and Clothing Bureau (ITCB) - an intergovernmental organization representing 25 developing countries involved in the apparel and textile trade will meet in Bali April 4-7, 2005, to discuss trade after the elimination of the WTO quota system for clothing imports.

The Bali meeting will represent the 41st gathering of the ITCB Council of Representative since the group's establishment in 1984. The organization, headquartered in Geneva, was created to deal with the many restrictions placed by developed nations on the import of textiles and clothing from the developing world.

The Bali conference will draw over 100 participants representing the 25 member-countries of the ITCB as well as observers from the United States, Japan, and the European Union.

A Watershed Conference

The Bali meeting will be of fundamental importance to the future of the ITCB which must now decide its future role, if any, in a world in which quota restrictions no longer exist.

ITCB members are Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, South Korea, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, North Korea, Macao, the Maldives, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uruguay and Vietnam.