Updated at 12.06pm: Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen overnight (HK time) met with German officials and briefed them about recent developments in Hong Kong. 'The main purpose of my trip is to update Europeans on Hong Kong's rapid economic recovery after Sars, and how initiatives like Cepa and the mainland's Individual Visit Scheme have contributed to the rebound,' Mr Tsang explained in Berlin. On the third day of his nine-day trip to Europe, Mr Tsang met German State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Jurgen Chrobog and State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour Alfred Tacke. He also told German officials about the work of the Constitutional Development Task Force, which Mr Tsang heads. The Chief Secretary said Hong Kong and Germany were eager to extend academic exchanges. He welcomed a suggestion that more Hong Kong students should study in Germany. In 2003, Germany was Hong Kong's biggest trading partner in Europe, when bilateral trade recorded 19.1 per cent growth. Trade between Hong Kong and Germany has continued to expand this year, growing 10.5 per cent in the first eight months, year on year. Hong Kong is home to some 3,000 German nationals and over 500 German companies. Mr Tsang would continue his meetings in Berlin later on Thursday. He plans to give a speech at a business luncheon before travelling to Prague in Czechoslovakia.