A major French city is appealing to Birmingham to help unlock the secret of success.
Lyon has asked Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby for his views on how to compete in a global economy.
Coun Whitby (Con Harborne) will be the keynote speaker at the annual dinner of the Economic and Social Policy Society of Lyon tonight.
He has been asked to bring an international perspective to the discussions which Lyon's top industrialists and business people have been holding on what makes a successful city.
Lyon and Birmingham have been twin cities since 1951.