RODNEY Miles, chairman of the Retail Management Association, wants the business community to take a firmer grip on macro decision-making processes in Hong Kong. Mr Miles, who will lead a session focusing on trading sectors at the symposium, said: 'We don't want government intervention . . . we want more positive support in the traditional way. 'I want the symposium to lead to more macro decisions about Hong Kong's future; not just to get the Government to help but to do what it has traditionally done better.' Specific help includes the allocation of land for the construction of large out-of-town retail discount stores. 'Hong Kong has always been the shopping centre of Asia and we don't want to be seen not leading the field otherwise we will lose the business,' Mr Miles said. 'We should stop building small multi-level shopping centres and build either major department stores or street-level shops.' With tourism already a major industry in Hong Kong, Mr Miles said the territory should be focusing more on this industry as an impetus to drive the economy forward. 'We should be building theme parks, including a Disneyland,' he said. 'We need to build one before China does. 'We are not doing the things that we should be doing to protect Hong Kong's long-term needs for the future.' Mr Miles hopes he can direct his session to look for other traditional government areas where it can do more and also to areas where the import, export, wholesale and retail trading sectors themselves can do better. Andrew Webster, Marks and Spencer's director of human resources, said the Government should be promoting the service industry, rather than helping with finance. 'We don't want funding,' he said. 'What we need is publicity, mainly within Hong Kong, so that the Government can be seen very strongly encouraging and supporting the service industry. 'Particular government initiatives include investment in information technology (IT) and improvements in productivity in the service industry as a whole,' he said. Mr Webster said there were already enough government organisations capable of providing the support and to introduce a new one would be confusing. During the breakaway session, Mr Webster will talk about Marks & Spencer's investment in technology and the corresponding benefits in increased sales and profitability which have been obtained without a reduction in staffing. 'I think the symposium is a very good idea - it will raise the profile of the service sector,' he said. 'I hope it will make people who are not familiar with the sector understand how much is being done and the scope of the management roles.'