Professionals in the SAR would profit from the creation of a free-trade zone between Hong Kong and the mainland, a top adviser to Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa said yesterday. Speaking to the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, convenor of the Executive Council Leung Chun-ying said if the proposal materialised it would be a 'win-win situation' for the mainland and SAR. 'The flow of investment, information, human resources and logistics would become much smoother after the creation [of the area], and it would bring immense benefit to Hong Kong.' Mr Leung said professionals in Hong Kong had certain advantages over their mainland counterparts, such as an international outlook and foreign connections. He said local professional services, such as surveying, had already started to integrate with the mainland. More opportunities would emerge when the area was established. The plan to create a free-trade zone was floated after China's entry to the World Trade Organisation in an attempt to help the SAR during the economic downturn. Financial Secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung is due to lead a delegation to Beijing on Friday to discuss the plan.