MIAMI BEACH — Preparations for the coming phaseout of quotas among the 144 World Trade Organization nations in 2005 was on the minds of many attendees at last week’s Material World trade show.

While Asian apparel and textile producers — especially those in China — are seen as very likely to gain market share, attendees and exhibitors at the three-day event, which wrapped up on Wednesday, said they expect local producers — particularly the nations of the Caribbean Basin — to continue to play an important role in the garment industry after quotas on apparel and textiles are lifted.

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