pm of 6th. June 2013

Visit of the Bank of CHINA to Birmingham

Picture to come when they send them to me.

Lianna Liang Xiao, the Chief Retail Banking Officer brought together over 60 local businesses, mainly from a Chinese background, together with many visitors from the PRC. We also had Zhou Xiaoming, the Minister Councillor from the Embassy. I was able to greet them and welcome them to our City. I told them of the visit to Birmingham of Wen Jiaou Bao, and how the leader of the Council, Cllr. Mike Whitby, had introduced me. I asked what I should talk about to a man who ruled 1.3 billion people. He said “You do not talk – you listen!” They laughed when I told them that! I was also able to relate of a visit I made to the Sun Memorial House in Macao many years ago when staying with the RAF at Sek Kong. They appreciated that I knew about their first President, and the man who formed modern China – Dr. Sun Yat Sen. He was trained as a Doctor in Hong Kong. I have seen his shrine, something that many of them had been unable to do. They were all very appreciative, and I hope I have added some more goodwill to our welcome investors, especially Shanghai Automotive. They are producing the MG3 with very good results from its importation into China. In fact this region of the UK exports more in value to China than it receives. The only one that does!


About douglasosborn

He was a Councillor for 18 representing Weoley Ward, including the western side of Bournville Village Trust, on Birmingham City Council. He has worked for, and overseen through planning, the improvements to Weoley Castle Square, and Northfield Town Regeneration. He worked in Sparkbrook as a Youth Leader for 5 years and lectured the City Careers service on the employment of disabled people. He originally trained as a Mining Engineer qualifying in 1970, specialising in Explosives and Mine Lighting. He was a member of the Institute of Minerals, Mining, and Metallurgy, and the Institution of Lighting Engineers, now Professionals for 20 years. He played Rugby for Kings Norton RFC for 5 years, sometimes in the 1st. XV. He was a member of the West Midlands Police Authority (1976-1980) and a member of the board of Birmingham Airport (1976-1981). He took a B.Th. degree at Oxford University, and gained a Master of Arts degree in Urban Design from Birmingham City University. This enabled him to be the Chairman of Birmingham Conservation Trust where he was able to help with the famous "Back to Backs" project, and conduct the negotiations for purchasing the "Coffin Works" with Advantage West Midlands. Therefore he was then chosen to be Chairman of Birmingham City Planning Committee from 2008 to 2012, until the change in administration, but remained a member of the committee until this year. He served on the Police and Crime Commissioner Panel, and was a West Midlands Regional Ambulance Service Shadow board member. He was a Governor of Bournville College for 15 years, and is still one for the Victoria Federation. He served on the West Midland Combined Authority Mayoral scrutiny panel. He was Birmingham's 'Heritage Champion', and is a trustee of Moseley Art School, and Chairman of Shencare Community Transport, which is located in Bournville Ward. He has never claimed any expenses in the 18 years he served on the City Council - perhaps because the forms are too complicated.
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