The Hong Kong Government's offices in the United States are going hi-tech this year in an attempt to boost their public relations presence. The three key offices in Washington, New York and San Francisco are creating a site on the World Wide Web featuring information about developments in the SAR. They will also offer video-conferencing facilities to enable US journalists to interview government officials in the SAR direct. Hong Kong Commissioner to the US Kenneth Pang Tsan-wing said although last year's handover went well, there was still much work to do in 1998. The offices would expand staffing and continue to employ lobbyists to promote the SAR's image. May's elections and the battle for renewal of China's Most Favoured Nation trading status in May and June would be the two biggest issues facing the US offices this year, Mr Pang said. The US Congress is expected to focus closely on May's elections. Its results may decide whether the positive view of the Hong Kong transition continues in Washington. 'Congress will keep a very watchful eye on our election process,' Mr Pang said. 'Our work on the PR side remains even more important, because we are having to explain how Hong Kong is working with 'one country, two systems'.' The Hong Kong Government also faces a potentially damaging problem if, as seems likely, the US Trade Representative decides to keep the SAR on its watch-list of countries committing intellectual property violations. The body is completing a mid-year review of Hong Kong's status. It decided to name the SAR on the list last year after ruling that too many retailers in Hong Kong were selling pirated compact discs and computer software.