Updated at 11.52am: European business leaders were upbeat about the economic prospects of Hong Kong, Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said late on Tuesday. Mr Tsang was in Dublin on the final day of an official visit to Europe. 'They recognise that Hong Kong is a very valuable partner and plays an important supporting role for them in doing business in the mainland China and the Asia-Pacific region,' Mr Tsang said. 'I told them that Hong Kong will continue to specialise at the things we're good at, such as financial and business services. We will also continue to pursue consistent polices to facilitate foreign investment and trade in Hong Kong,' Mr Tsang added. The Chief Secretary said the main purpose of his trip was to update European leaders on Hong Kong developments and to discuss the economic development of the Pearl River Delta region. Mr Tsang's nine-day European visit to London, Berlin, Prague and Dublin was to encourage new European investment in Hong Kong and strengthen bilateral relations, his spokesman said. On Tuesday, Mr Tsang met with Chairman of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Irish Parliament Michael Woods and some Irish businessmen, and spoke at University College Dublin. Mr Tsang was scheduled to arrive back in Hong Kong on Wednesday evening.