Blog: Day one at Prime Source Forum

Joe Ayling | 30 March 2010

The first day of Prime Source Forum here in Hong Kong brought an interesting mix of China-mania, anti-protectionism and Western gloom.

After a nine-hour slog of debate it fell to five panelists to energise wilting delegates with presentations on the somewhat murky subject of innovation.

As you can see from the picture below, they took the 'innovative' step of presenting from the side of the auditorium, leaving five empty seats on stage. Surely a first for Prime Source?

Previously, delegates had heard 'off the record' from Andrew Wu, LVMH's China group director, who gave a fascinating insight into China.

After this, a series of industry experts laid into US protectionism, while leading economist David Dodwell found it hard to be positive about the West's "lend and pretend" view of financial stimulus.

Another three one-on-one interviews later and last night's jazz cocktail party to mark the Best of APLF Awards felt like a distant memory.

Those present in Hong Kong this year may have noticed a sheepish looking Brit lingering around the buffet cart ready to pounce when a new dish came out?

Journalists are appreciative of a good spread at the best of times, but this is Hong Kong and the food was off the scale.

Among the Cantonese specialities were shrimp dumplings, mushroom filo pastries and deep fried spare ribs, which were better than they sound.

As the evening progressed it proved difficult to follow a personal mantra that 'real men don't eat quiche' when it was snail and spinach quiche on the table too.

A splendid time was had by all, and today's conference was also followed by a similar get together and networking opportunity.

Prime Source gathers a complete mix of manufacturers, brands, retailers, sourcing firms and supply chain companies, meaning deals are being struck in every corner of the room.

Let's face it though, the buffet area often generates the largest crowd of all.

By Joe Ayling, news editor.

A minimalist, but innovative approach to today's final session (see above)

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