Textile and clothing leaders from 36 countries - including the United States, Japan and the European Union - gathered together in Geneva recently for a landmark conference to discuss international trade issues and the challenges facing the industry over the next few years. It was the first-ever meeting of major textile and apparel industries from both importing and exporting countries devoted to WTO issues, and in the space of just two days delegates reached a consensus on the opening of national borders, the removal of non-tariff barriers, and global action to fight the booming trade in counterfeit name-brand clothing. Jozef De Coster reports.