The fate of the Hong Kong Exposition will be determined in a few weeks. There had been speculation the project would be postponed amid the economic downturn. But Secretary for Economic Services Stephen Ip Shu-kwan said yesterday the Government had not yet made a decision. Mr Ip said officials would consider any measure that could boost tourism. The exposition was one such proposal. 'We have to check on the cost-effectiveness of the project, which would cost about $6 billion to $7 billion, and how much taxpayers would get. 'If we could afford such a large sum, we have to consider also if there are other projects, such as providing more world class performance venues, which could last longer to attract tourists in the long run,' Mr Ip said. He denied he was hinting the project would be postponed. His department would make a recommendation to the Executive Council in a few weeks. The exposition would be held at the West Kowloon Reclamation area and last for about six to seven months in 2001 and 2002.