Some national innovative technology projects should be conducted in Hong Kong because the city's researchers have wider international exposure, one local expert said yesterday. Wong Kam-fai, Chinese University's associate dean of engineering, said this was the best way to make use of the expertise of Hong Kong researchers. '[Mainland researchers] should consider bringing their problems to Hong Kong because we have the international insight,' he said. Professor Wong has been working closely with Hong Kong and mainland officials to facilitate research co-operation across the border. In September, he led a delegation of academic researchers to meet officials at the Ministry of Science and Technology in a bid to achieve this goal. Hong Kong's expertise lay in biomedicine, logistics, information technology and applying technology to international business, Professor Wong said. The researchers could teach mainlanders how to turn technology into a product, patent it and market it. They could also teach them how to write better research papers and bring them in line with international standards. But there were some hurdles that needed to be overcome. First, the Hong Kong government had to work on making it easier for mainland researchers to get multiple-entry visas, the professor said. Mainland institutions also had to match the salaries and benefits researchers had in Hong Kong to lure them to work over the border. Hong Kong experts tended to only make short trips to the mainland, Professor Wong said. A joint fund between the two governments should be set up so Beijing could fund research projects conducted in Hong Kong. At present, a project with Hong Kong and mainland researchers could get funding from the mainland government, but the research must be conducted on the mainland. In future, Professor Wong said there should be a fund that allowed Hong Kong researchers to continue working with a mainland grant in Hong Kong.