A government unit should be set up urgently to co-ordinate creation of a mass computer link as a first step towards making the SAR an efficient logistics hub, the Hong Kong Logistics Association said yesterday. Chairman Raymond Leung Chi-man also urged the administration to help the industry set up a qualification mechanism for professional recognition. In the Policy Address, Mr Tung announced that the Financial Secretary would chair a steering committee to oversee logistics development with 'Hong Kong characteristics'. He also spelled out the intention to set up a logistics development council to provide a forum for the public and private sectors to carry out joint projects. Last week, the South China Morning Post reported that a Government study had highlighted key directions for development. In hardware, it recommended creating an efficient transport platform and improving connections with the Pearl River Delta. In software development, the study indicated the need to assist small and medium-sized logistics companies to use fast-growing e-commerce facilities to streamline the flow of cargo. Mr Leung said cyber-applications in Hong Kong were piecemeal. Various services provided fast-track shipping, Customs and other trade-related clearance such as banking and insurance for small and medium-sized companies. But they were not linked, compromising efficiency. The Customs and Excise Department is developing its own electronic system for fast clearance of cargo. Mr Leung said this could form the basis for the development of a mass platform embracing all partners in the logistics chain. Logistics, the movement of cargo, and related services, accounts for 20 per cent of the gross domestic product.