Updated at 7.19pm: Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology John Tsang Chun-wah has urged Finnish firms to attend the ITU Telecom World 2006 conference. Speaking at a business networking dinner in Helsinki, Mr Tsang said Finnish enterprises should come to Hong Kong and join the ?Olympics in telecommunications?, due to be held in December next year. He emphasised that with Hong Kong?s experience in organising the ITU Telecom Asia in 2000 and 2002, and the support of China, ITU Telecom World 2006 would be a significant IT event. ?Hong Kong offers the best gateway for Finnish companies seeking to explore the Asia-Pacific market. Our affinity with the mainland, language capability and rich experience in doing business there make us the best launching pad for entering the tremendous China market,? Mr Tsang added. ?For foreign companies interested in expanding into the vast mainland China, the ITU Telecom World to be held in Hong Kong in 2006 will offer them a golden opportunity.? Mr Tsang is leading a business delegation from Hong Kong?s information and communications technology sector to Europe. They arrived in Helsinki on Tuesday (European time) for a two-day visit. On Wednesday, Mr Tsang and the delegation visited a number of leading telecommunications companies, including Nokia. They also attended a seminar on mobile technology and mobile games. Later on Thursday Mr Tsang and the delegation will see some of the latest developments in digital entertainment and creative industries in Finland, which has an international reputation for its advances in these areas. Mr Tsang has already witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association and Mobile Monday of Finland. The MoU signifies their common understanding to jointly promote wireless technologies and applications in both countries, and to create business opportunities between members of both organisations. Mr Tsang will return to Hong Kong on Friday.