Americans were getting over the trauma of the September 11 terrorist attacks by getting back to business, Thomas Donohue, left, president and chief executive of the United States Chamber of Commerce, told a luncheon in Hong Kong yesterday. He said that while life in the United States would never be the same, the people had demonstrated 'not a growing fear but growing determination' to defeat terrorism by returning to their jobs to keep the economy going. 'This engine of the American economy is in a position to make an extraordinary recovery,' he said. Mr Donohue said US interest rates were low, inflation was low, productivity was 'still pretty high' and even though there had been many lay-offs unemployment was still low. 'We'll be better than before and more resolute about protecting the biggest economy in the world,' he said. Mr Donohue said business had to be aggressive about stamping out money-laundering by terrorists as well as developing technologies to deal with bio-terrorism. He predicted economic recovery in the US would begin in the second quarter of next year and 'hit its stride' at the end of the second quarter.