In its first media conference, the new Logistics Development Council has pledged to raise the effectiveness and international profile of Hong Kong's logistics and transport industry. Yesterday, chairman Sandra Lee Suk-yee, also Secretary for Economic Services, said the logistics industry was an important contributor to the future development of the SAR. The industry is estimated to contribute more than 20 per cent of Hong Kong's gross domestic product. 'Logistics is real to Hong kong and we have to bring it to new heights, expand our network and capture our cargo from the source. We have to deliver this to our customers with speed and reliability,' Ms Lee said. She said it was paramount the council not be seen simply as an information gathering body. 'We have to be one of action . . . that combines both private and public sector co-operation. In a nutshell, that's what we want to do in the year ahead,' Ms Lee said. The council was formed on the recommendations of the McClier report, a HK$40 million study on the development of the logistics industry commissioned by the Government. The council will work on ways to implement the recommendations and concepts from the report. The 39-member council has been split into five project groups, each headed by a senior government official or industry executive. The group is expected to present a blueprint of its activities for next year when it meets in March. The council has yet to be given a budget or any real executive powers to implement the plans it develops.