The Chief Secretary and the Financial Secretary will travel to the United States and Europe to assure overseas investors of the administration's commitment to a free-market economy. Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen will meet finance officials during the World Bank and International Monetary Fund conference in Washington early next month to explain the Government's decision to intervene in the stock market. He will also visit New York and Boston, and then London and the Netherlands to see business and finance leaders. His trip will take more than two weeks beginning on September 28. Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang will visit London, Rome and Milan from mid-October. Apart from joining trade promotions sponsored by the Trade Development Council, Mrs Chan will try to repair damage to Hong Kong's reputation as one of the freest economies. Tung Chee-hwa will also reaffirm Hong Kong's commitment to a free economy during his meetings with government heads and senior officials at the APEC conference in Manila in November. Speaking at the financial services panel meeting yesterday, Mr Tsang said that he, Mr Tung, Mrs Chan and other finance and monetary officials would try to ease the concerns of local and international communities over their action. 'There is a lot of interest over the intervention, especially in the US,' a senior official said.