European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy has said he is ready to accept developing country demands for an immediate increase in their access to first world clothing and textile markets.

His comments come ahead of the next round of World Trade Organisation (WTO) trade talks in Doha, Qatar, on November 9.

Developing countries have claimed for years that they are not getting a fair deal when it comes to trade liberalisation, with the Doha meeting set to lay out the parameters for talks on agriculture, services and other trade issues scheduled to conclude in 2005.

But some developing-country demands are due to be resolved immediately at Doha, with import quotas into the EU, US and Canada likely to be recalculated to boost developing country imports by around 3 per cent, if the governments agree.