Students should continually strive to improve themselves so that they are prepared for the opportunities and challenges arising from the mainland's 11th Five-Year Plan, said Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Mr Tsang was speaking at an exchange session with 2,000 secondary school students at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai last Wednesday. Executive Councillor Henry Fan Hung-ling and Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun were also present. According to the plan, China expects an annual increase of 7.5 per cent in its Gross Domestic Product, Mr Tsang said. He said the government has been working closely with different sectors in the community to ensure that Hong Kong took maximum advantage of the mainland's economic development. 'The Five-Year Plan gives due emphasis to Hong Kong's advantages in complementing the mainland's continued development,' said Mr Tsang, who showed the students some pictures of his recent visits to Shanghai and Lijiang . 'It also spells out clearly the mainland's support for Hong Kong's advancement in finance, logistics, tourism and telecommunications services, as well as maintaining Hong Kong's edge as an international finance, trade and shipping centre. 'The rapid development of mainland cities, no matter how close or far away they are from Hong Kong, has a direct bearing on us and present us with both challenges and unlimited opportunities.' Mr Tsang said students should aim to serve Hong Kong as well as the mainland. 'I hope our students, who are the future of Hong Kong, will realise that Hong Kong's professionals are set to not only serve the seven million local residents,' he said. 'The size of our clientele could be as much as 1.3 billion and it is imperative that we have a good understanding of them.' He added that the government had spared no effort to promote students' sense of national identity. 'Focusing on the three important aspects of recognition, passion and implementation, our many national education initiatives have been fused into the formal school curriculum,' Mr Tsang said. 'They have been supported by a wide variety of activities ranging from competitions and sharing sessions to courses aimed at letting our students see for themselves the latest developments on the mainland.'