With its institutional advantages such as the rule of law and free trade, Hong Kong could cement its position as an international trading hub simply by making itself 'inviting' for people, businesses and goods from the mainland and overseas, according to a panellist on the 11th five-year plan summit. 'We still have the rule of law and free trade, so if we make it simple and make it inviting then people will come here. It is still years before any city in the mainland catches up with us,' Allan Zeman said. 'It is a lot easier to have your office in Hong Kong and try to sell to the mainland.' Mr Zeman, chairman of Ocean Park, said the Hong Kong government should make the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge a priority, as more roads would continue to allow shipments to come through easily between the mainland and Hong Kong. The city also needed to continue making itself inviting for business and individuals. He highlighted pollution as a priority issue the government should tackle. A World Trade Organisation report puts Hong Kong as the world's 11th-largest trading entity in goods last year, with a total trade value of US$592.9 billion. The mainland is the city's biggest partner, with trade between the two sides amounting to HK$2.06 trillion last year, 45 per cent of Hong Kong's total trade. This was 9.6 per cent of the mainland's total, making Hong Kong its third-largest partner. The bulk of Hong Kong's trade comes from re-exports, with the mainland accounting for 62.1 per cent of the total. Last year, Hong Kong also exported US62.2 billion worth of services, up 8.7 per cent from the previous year.