HONG KONG was the 11th largest exporter of services in the world in 1992, having been elevated from the 13th position following a revision of statistics by the latest General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) report, titled '1993 International Trade Statistics'. According to Chan Wai-kwan, secretary-general of the Hong Kong Coalition of Service Industries (HKCSI), the territory's exports of services totalled US$24.9 billion in 1992. The biggest contributors to the service trade were transport, travel and trade-related sectors. 'Our service industry is largely dependent on our trade of goods. In transportation and travel-related services, it is dependent on goods going through Hong Kong. 'When we say Hong Kong is a service economy, we are not only servicing our own people, but our trading partners - with China and the United States among the largest,' he said. He said although Hong Kong had ceased to be a manufacturing centre, the shifting of manufacturing operations across the border has kept up demand for services from Hong Kong in trading of goods from China through the territory to other parts of the world. The revision of Hong Kong's position came after a challenge by the HKCSI of the statistics used. In a GATT report published earlier this year, Hong Kong was ranked 13th in 1992, ahead of Sweden, Canada and Australia, but after Switzerland and Singapore. 'GATT says Hong Kong's service trade is less than Singapore, but the fact that Hong Kong's GDP [gross domestic product] is twice that of Singapore renders such figures rather suspect,' Mr Chan said. He said the GATT estimation of Hong Kong's service trade statistics did not agree with figures published by the Government in 1993.