In less than a week's time, senior sourcing executives from Marks & Spencer, Puma, Esprit, Perry Ellis, Under Armour, VF Asia, Luen Thai Holdings, Crystal Group and TAL Apparel will be sharing their views and insight with other industry stakeholders at Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong.

This year the event takes place from 1-2 April and features an international line-up in response to requests from multinational sourcing offices for alternative supply countries.

As well as Hong Kong and mainland China, speakers will also include representatives from the ASEAN and south Asian regions, including Burma/Myanmar, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Thailand.

Sessions will look at the relevance of, and role played by, today's sourcing offices; the outlook for sourcing and the impact of trade agreements; the potential of alternative supply countries; the increasing importance of product innovation and development; and creative solutions in sustainable sourcing.

A special keynote address will be given by Mr Md Atiqul Islam, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on 'Bangladesh: Rebuilding the Garment Industry Factory by Factory.'

Dr Delman Lee, president and CTO of TAL Apparel Ltd, will present a study on 'Continuous replenishment by responsive supply chain solutions.'

And Andrew Lo, CEO of Crystal Group, will share his experience in running off-shore factories.

There will also be a case study presentation on 'Gaining efficiencies. What does a garment cost nowadays? How can we maintain profit margins in view of increasing investment in the environment and labour welfare?' by Aaron Mora, director of engineering, Asia, VF Corp.

Contributors to the panel sessions will include Veit Geise, VP, VF Asia; Richard Thomas, head of Far East Region, sourcing, Marks and Spencer (Asia Pacific) Ltd; Julia Hughes, president, US Fashion Industry Association (USFIA); Helen Chen, vice GM, Jiangsu Sainty Corp; Jason Tan, EVP, Luen Thai Holdings; Zhang Xi'an, Secretary General, China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Textile and Apparel; Jaswinder Bedi, president, the African Cotton & Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF);

Yuttana Silpsarnvitch, executive director, The Thai Garment Manufacturers Association (TGMA); Michelle Tjokrosaputra, CEO, PT Dan Liris, Dr Aung Win, vice chairman, Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association and MD Maple Trading Co; Anne-Laure Descours, global director, development and sourcing apparel, Puma - World Cat; Charles Dickinson, SVP, head of global quality management and sustainability, Esprit; David Lee Yuen Hoi, industrial development officer, Agro-Industries Technology Unit, Agri-Business Development Branch, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO); Vincent Qin, GM, marketing & sales, Prosperity Textile (HK); Ming Lee Wilcox, president, Z-Ply Corp (a subsidiary of Tex-Ray Group); Mohamed Noorulla, VP and technical and research development, Perry Ellis International; and Philip Poel, MD, Under Armour Manufacturig.

Now in its ninth edition, Prime Source Forum will be held from 1-2 April at the InterContinental Hong Kong. This year it is being organised by Yeh Shen Ltd under licence from APLF, but remains under the direction of Josephine Ching, who has worked on the event for the past seven years.

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