HK firms can help our industries get better, Han Zheng tells DAB visitors Shanghai's service industries need Hong Kong's help if they are to improve, city Mayor Han Zheng said yesterday. He pledged to do his bit to further co-operation between the cities. Mr Han told a delegation from the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong such co-operation woud be 'win-win-win' - benefiting Hong Kong, Shanghai and the whole country. He and vice-mayor Jian Shixian will lead a delegation to Hong Kong this month to foster co-operation. The DAB delegation began a two-day visit to Shanghai yesterday to promote co-operation between the two cities. DAB secretary-general Ma Lik quoted Mr Han as saying that Shanghai's service industries were underdeveloped and faster progress was needed urgently. 'The mayor said Shanghai's service industries, particularly its tourism industry, should learn from counterparts in Hong Kong,' Mr Ma said. Mr Han said Shanghai would open its services sector to Hong Kong investors under the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement. Service industries account for 86 per cent of Hong Kong's gross domestic product, compared with less than 50 per cent in Shanghai. The delegation proposed Shanghai authorities step up a publicity drive to encourage residents to visit Hong Kong as individuals. Shanghai residents have been allowed to travel to Hong Kong on an individual basis since September 1. But Mr Ma said the number of visitors from Shanghai has been far lower than from the eight cities in Guangdong whose residents have been allowed individual travel since July 28. The delegation also asked Mr Han to encourage more Shanghai enterprises to set up offices in Hong Kong. Mr Ma said the mayor promised to look into the feasibility of the DAB's proposals. Last month Vice-President Zeng Qinghong told DAB members he would urge Shanghai to forge an economic partnership with Hong Kong as close as the one between Guangdong and the special administrative region.