His views were echoed by Keith Stokes-Smith, president of the GBCCC, who said it was "totally unacceptable" that only nine per cent of UK exports go to the Commonwealth and that the markets were largely untapped by Greater Birmingham.
Myriad people and businesses attended the dinner which seemed to underline that our motives for creating the GBCCC were justified.
Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the GBCC, said: "I'm delighted that we have gathered such an experienced and high-profile committee for the GBCCC
. As we approach Brexit, we believe trade with Commonwealth countries will become even more vital and our move has been given huge impetus with the awarding of the 2022 Commonwealth Games to Birmingham." Keith Stokes-Smith, chairman of the Birmingham Commonwealth Association, has agreed to serve as president and will be joined on the executive committee by: | Nasir Awan, chairman of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce and chief exeucitve of Awan Marketing International plc | Anita Bhalla, former senior BBC executive who is now chair of Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham.