The Government is considering putting out to tender the operation of a state-of-the-art software system aimed at boosting the logistics industry, Secretary for Economic Services Sandra Lee Suk-yee said. 'The system will increase our efficiency and enhance reliability and accuracy. Without it, we may lose our competitive edge,' Ms Lee said. The E-logistics Group, which works under the Logistics Development Council, is studying the development of this type of software, which could provide an electronic switchboard enabling different segments of the logistics industry to access one another. The service providers and service users - including, for example, shippers and freight forwarders - could be linked up to increase reliability and efficiency. Ms Lee said the system was very advanced and only available in a few other places. The Government was considering whether the system should be operated by private companies or non-profit-making companies. 'As it concerns the ownership of copyright, we need an organisation to own it,' Ms Lee said. She said it could be operated by a commercial company. 'However, that involves tendering, and it may need more time. Another way is to set up a non-profit-making company to own the system. But we have not yet made up our minds,' she said. Ms Lee said no business model had been developed, nor had a timetable been drawn up. It is not known how much the project will cost. She said the system was vital to the logistics industry, which accounts for 20 per cent of Hong Kong's gross domestic product and involves more than 10 sectors including information technology and land, sea and aviation transportation. 'Even growth of one percentage point would help create a lot of job opportunities,' Ms Lee said. Miriam Lau Kin-yee, a member of the Logistics Development Council who heads another group on co-ordinating with small and medium sized firms (SMEs), said she would prefer the system to be run by non-profit-making companies. 'This will help minimise the operating cost of the SME,' she said.