A project group under the Logistics Development Council will undertake a manpower survey to assess the institutional needs of the transportation sector. The H-Logistics group, one of five under the council tasked with formulating strategies to secure Hong Kong's position as the region's premier logistics hub, yesterday set out a series of tasks for members over the next two to three months. The survey, to be conducted in association with the Vocational Training Council and the Census and Statistics Department, will be used to assess the industry's future manpower needs and competency among the industry's employees. A survey conducted last year by the Hong Kong Productivity Council showed that 51 per cent of SAR companies did not use e-mail, and only 5 per cent regularly conducted business over the Internet. Reluctance, or the inability, to use the Web among Hong Kong's small- and medium-sized business is seen as a big obstacle to modernising the local supply chain, increasingly orchestrated through industry Web sites. Hong Kong Shippers Council chairman Willy Lin Sun-mo is head of the H-Logistics team, which has drafted in members from the public and private sectors to meet its goals. Once the demand side is assessed, the team will turn its focus to whether academic institutions offer curriculums that meet the future needs of industry, said Sunny Ho Lap-kee, an H-Logistics team member.