Businessmen should work with the Government to grab trade opportunities offered by the mainland, in particular those offered by the Pearl River Delta region, Mr Tung said yesterday. He said China's imminent entry to the World Trade Organisation would provide many business openings, and Hong Kong could benefit from China's economic expansion. Speaking at the Chamber of Commerce lunch, Mr Tung said: 'We have seen in history and in Hong Kong's development over the past few decades that once per capita GDP has reached beyond subsistence levels, we will see an explosion of demand for high value and quality consumer products and different types of services. 'China, particularly the coastal regions and the Pearl River Delta, is on the verge of this economic leap.' He said areas such as information technology, financial services, retail and legal services offered great business potential. Mr Tung said the Government would adopt the role of facilitator and give direction to the business community. 'I can assure you that the SAR Government will endeavour to provide a conducive environment for attracting investment and promoting the free flow of people, talents, and goods and services,' he said. 'This includes tackling the boundary congestion problem and improving air and water quality and the environment we share.' Answering questions on the quality of university graduates, he admitted the education system was frequently criticised but warned against belittling local universities. He said reform was under way. Mr Tung said the Government's plan last year to import more mainland talent could not meet the demand of the information technology industry and some other sectors. The Government was pursuing new solutions.