A committee is to be established to strengthen economic and trade communication with the mainland. Its members will come from the State Council's Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation and the SAR's Trade and Industry Bureau. Mr Tung said building on links with the mainland was vital to Hong Kong, and the mainland's economic growth and reforms would continue to offer opportunities. 'Like the manufacturing industries, which moved their production to China in the 1980s, the local service sector has started extending into the mainland's economy in various forms, creating yet another win-win situation.' An inter-departmental group chaired by Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen will also be set up to liaise with central government experts on the mainland's admission to the World Trade Organisation. Its purpose, Mr Tung said, would be to 'get acquainted with the progress of and the arrangements for, the opening up of the mainland market' before accession. There were plenty of opportunities for commercial co-operation on high technology and areas such as Chinese medicine, he added. The setting up of a joint committee was welcomed by the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. 'Over the past few years the federation has been urging the two governments to establish a body to provide assistance to Hong Kong's businesses in China, whether it be co-ordinating with mainland government departments to better understand investment policies, exploring business opportunities after China gains access to the WTO or providing assistance when Hong Kong businesses encounter problems,' federation chairman Henry Tang said.