Mr Tung yesterday called on all sectors of society to adopt 'new thinking' to sharpen Hong Kong's competitiveness. He said the Government was determined to make Hong Kong one of the most important cities in China and Asia's world city. To do so, the people of Hong Kong could not 'afford to rest on our laurels' and had to 'do things faster and better' so that the SAR would be 'one step ahead of the others'. He said it was essential for Hong Kong 'to nurture the culture of life-long learning'. Mr Tung, who was addressing 900 guests at a spring reception at Government House yesterday, called upon civil servants to serve the community better with the adoption of 'new thinking'. 'We must ensure that our policies better reflect the wish and aspirations of the community. We should walk an extra mile to provide an even more business-friendly environment and be pro-active in attracting investment, which in turn will create jobs.' Mr Tung urged the business sector to to be more creative and use innovation and technology to develop new products. And the people of Hong Kong also should adopt 'new thinking' as the SAR increasingly became a knowledge-based economy. 'We must nurture the culture of life-long learning. We must make use of every opportunity to upgrade ourselves by learning new knowledge and new skills,' he said. The Chief Executive reiterated that Hong Kong had many competitive advantages, citing the support of Beijing and the opportunities created by China's accession to the World Trade Organisation. 'Hong Kong is endowed with many competitive advantages - the rule of law, a free and open society, an efficient and transparent government, a business- friendly environment, our strategic location, and our position as an international financial and business centre, a transport and logistic centre, and a tourism centre,' Mr Tung said.