A 'made in Hong Kong' cultural policy is to be developed by artists and academics for the Government's consideration. Dr Ooi Cheung-har, associate professor at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) said: 'The university is in the process of establishing a think-tank on local cultural policy. It is the first time local people have taken cultural matters seriously.' She said the former government's 'laissez-faire' attitude towards cultural development resulted in 'a mess'. 'It is laughable that the British Government did not have a cultural policy and were even proud of it. They did not support Hong Kong-made arts, but only British-style and high- class artworks,' she said. 'It is important to have a cultural policy to decide how much should be spent on arts development,' Dr Ooi added. The work of 60 artists and academics, sponsored by Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the Goethe Forum and Muffathalle was presented at an exhibition in Munich. A symposium encouraged co-operation between the territory's cultural policy-makers and leading German artists and intellectuals. 'The exchange with German artists will develop networks between European and Asian cultural policy-makers,' Dr Ooi said. Danny Yung Ning-tsun, artistic controller of the Centre for the Arts at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology said: 'With greater cross- cultural and bilingual ability, local artists have more exposure to European arts. But in fact, European artists do not know much about us. 'The presentation will be helpful for eliminating fears among European artists over future exchange. There is some insecure feeling among them because of a lack of information about us,' he said.