Tung Chee-hwa's Commission on Strategic Development is to bring in consultants to study ways to maintain competitiveness. The decision was made despite controversy over the body's possible overlapping role with policy bureaus and the Executive Council. Speaking after the first meeting of the 14-member commission, chairman Mr Tung said a useful exchange of views had taken place on the body's targets. 'The purpose of the commission is really to take a long-term look at how Hong Kong is to move forward, how we'll be able to maintain our economic vitality and competitiveness,' he said. Particular attention, Mr Tung said, would be paid to the long-term outlook for major overseas trade partners. The commission would also find ways Hong Kong and the mainland could work together. But no specific suggestions had been put forward during the meeting which focused only on procedure, said Gordon Siu Kwing-chue, the head of the commission's secretariat. Mr Siu, also the Central Policy Unit chief, said a team of consultants would be chosen before the next meeting in April to commission studies on long-term development strategy. However, the commission had yet to fix the topics for the studies, budget and timetable. Mr Siu dismissed suggestions that the consultancy studies would overlap with the work of the consultants in the policy unit.