The ICC Birmingham hosts Guangzhou conference

With the Chinese Premier’s three-day visit to Britain likely to drive more trade and meetings between the two countries, the ICC Birmingham is hosting an investment conference for 110 senior government officials and representatives from China’s third largest city, Guangzhou.

Hosted by the People’s Government of Guangzhou Municipality (PGGM), in partnership with the University of Birmingham, the event, New Guangzhou, New Business Opportunities, takes place on 1 July.

One of Premier Wen Jiabao’s announcements during his visit was the reopening of China for poultry exports from the UK, a market worth £10m. There is a new deal for the UK to help develop clean coal technology in China.

Mr Wen also launched the first new MG model for 15 years at Longbridge, the car plant now owned by China’s SAIC Motor Corporation.

The 1 July conference will bring 300 delegates and has been a short-lead piece of business for the ICC Birmingham team.

Chinese students at Birmingham City University will get involved as part of their venue management courses.

ICC Birmingham MD Nick Waight said: “There is a Treaty of Friendship between Birmingham and Guangzhou so it is entirely fitting that the city and the ICC plays host to these exciting and unique discussions.

“This event will be followed by other high-profile conferences in Russia and China, and the ICC team is honoured to be leading the way for the events to come.”

The event will also see exhibitors from Guangzhou from sectors such as health and medicine, IT, technology, higher education and advanced manufacturing.

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Paul Colston

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