Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa will meet his international advisers next month to discuss the SAR's economy following the downturn in the United States after the terrorist attacks. Unionist leader Lee Cheuk-yan said he expected the Council of International Advisers to suggest how Hong Kong could attract investment, but Liberal Party chief James Tien Pei-chun doubted if the think-tank could offer any concrete ideas. The Commerce and Industry Bureau said members had been invited to join the meeting, but no agenda had been set. Mr Tien, a prominent businessman, said he did not expect much help from the advisers. 'Most of them are European or American businessmen. They are not military experts. They cannot tell us when the war, if any, will be over. They could tell us the long-term direction for Hong Kong and what Hong Kong should develop. 'In November, the US may have started [the war]. I don't expect the advisers to give us very good advice in this respect unless they can tell us when the war will come to an end. If they tell us that the US is cancelling orders for goods, we will already have found out by then. I don't think they will tell us anything we don't know.' He said the advisers could have problems in their own firms stemming from the attacks. Mr Lee, secretary-general of the Confederation of Trade Unions, expected the tycoons to bring more ideas on how to lure investment. 'They should advise on what way Hong Kong should develop and how to bring in more investment in that area, for instance, how to train enough talent for industry,' he said. Mr Lee said he hoped the council would raise transparency so the public knew of the advice offered by members. The council held its last meeting last November. Six of the 14 members, including media mogul Rupert Murdoch, failed to attend. Members running US enterprises include John Welch, chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric; Gerald Levin, chief executive officer of AOL Time Warner; Maurice Greenberg, chairman and chief executive officer of American International Group; Christopher Galvin, chairman of Motorola; and Craig Barrett, president and chief executive officer of the Intel Corporation.