Expert help is being called in to ensure the SAR does not get left behind in the hi-tech race. Mr Tsang announced that the Chief Executive would soon appoint a council of advisers on innovation and technology. Executive Councillor Raymond Ch'ien Kuo-fung, who chairs Internet venture Chinadotcom, said that although the civil service was strong, it had only a few people who understood cutting-edge development. 'We need a team in Government who's really attuned to what's happening in the private sector, what's happening in the research-and-development area, especially in the applied field in places like the United States, Europe, Israel, Japan,' said Mr Ch'ien. In addition to the council, Mr Tsang will chair a new inter-bureau committee charged with co-ordinating innovation- and technology-related efforts across the Government. Hanson Cheah Fan Min, executive director of venture-capital firm AsiaTech Ventures, said the committee was overdue. 'Finally, someone is listening to us,' he said. Mr Tsang also said an Innovation and Technology Commission would be set up as part of the newly renamed Commerce and Industry Bureau. It will take over all innovation and technology-related functions now handled by the Industry Department. James Liu Juh, chief executive and president of Sino Tech Group, said that having a government bureau focused on technology was a big boost. The Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting will next month begin reporting directly to the Financial Secretary, who said this would strengthen co-ordination between information technology and other services.