City of Houston, Greater Houston Partnership Lead Mission to

HOUSTON (June 27, 2022) – The Town of Houston and the Bigger Houston Partnership are leading a trade and investment mission to Paris, France this 7 days. 

The mission will concentration on marketing Houston as a leader in innovation, electricity transition, and schooling when enhancing critical federal government and company associations amongst the Houston region and Paris. 

Specific company sectors include things like strength and innovation with ties in Houston and France. The delegation has several scheduled meetings with significant-level governing administration officials and associates. 

The Houston-Galveston Customs District is the fourth busiest gateway for U.S.-French trade, and France is Houston’s sixth-major European trading husband or wife. From 2012 to 2021, trade in between Houston and France averaged $4.2 billion each year and was valued at $5.5 billion in ’21.

“Our precedence is to make a additional strong trade romance concerning Houston and France, and this trip is an critical mission to enrich Houston’s ties with France and investigate new company prospects that will improve our nearby overall economy with positions and investments,” Mayor Sylvester Turner stated. “As a town of innovation, we worth France – based mostly enterprises with founded functions in our metropolis and welcome some others to discover the opportunities for expense, business enhancement and tourism available in Houston. Our delegation will extend on Houston’s world-wide metropolis standing that tends to make Houston solid and distinctive.”

Mayor Sylvester Turner, who was scheduled to direct the delegation, will remain in Houston to attend to a individual issue. Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Martha Castex Tatum, who chairs the City Council Economic Improvement Committee, will handle company meetings and cultural occasions scheduled through the weeklong mission.

“I am excited about the possibility to stand for Houston in Paris officially. The mission will place Houston in the intercontinental spotlight, capturing our city’s role as a chief in innovation, aerospace, vitality transition, and instruction. When we placement ourselves to create international company ties, the complete town can perhaps reward by means of jobs and advancement in our economic climate,” claimed Vice Mayor Professional-Tem Castex Tatum.

On Monday, the delegation joined Valerie Baraban, the Consul Normal of France in Houston, on a tour of the Musée d’Orsay. The museum’s management visited Houston in 2019 to create community relationships. The delegation also attended a Bilateral Business enterprise Trade and Investment Discussion board with the Paris Chamber of Commerce. They spoke about Houston primary in startup ecosystems all through the strength and health-related sectors. The to start with working day of the trade mission will conclusion with a assembly with the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to talk about energy, technological know-how and trade involving Houston and Paris.

“As Houston will work to guide the international transition to an strength-plentiful, minimal-carbon future, the trade of tips and information with revolutionary towns about the earth is important,” explained Susan Davenport, Main Economic Advancement Officer at the Increased Houston Partnership. “We are thrilled to lead a business enterprise delegation together with the City of Houston that will get the chance to see initial-hand what is going on in vitality and innovation with businesses in Paris. As the leading export market in the U.S. and a important hub for international direct expense, worldwide small business is a considerable and growing section of our economic climate, and we look forward to successful meetings that we hope will spur additional financial commitment and trade action for our region.” 

Houston’s Organization Ties with France 

  • Twenty-5 Houston corporations operate 46 subsidiary spots in France, like Baker Hughes, Hines, Huntsman, NOV, and Schlumberger.
  • Sixty-a few French firms work 112 subsidiaries in the Houston location, such as Air Liquide, Arkema, EDF Trading North The united states, Engie North America, and Total Petrochemicals & Refining.
  • Trade and cultural interactions with France are facilitated in Houston by the Consulate Standard of France, the French American Chamber of Commerce, the French Trade Fee (UBIFRANCE), the French Alliance, and the Texan French Alliance for the Arts.
  • Three of Houston’s 16 overseas-owned financial institutions are from France: Credit Agricole Corporate and Financial commitment Lender, Natixis, and Société Générale.
  • Nice, France, was selected as one particular of Houston’s 19 worldwide sister towns in 1973,
  • Additional than 3,100 folks residing in metro Houston have been born in France.

The delegation also has scheduled a tour of Interstellar Labs, a visit to Station F, the world’s largest startup campus, a conference with Whole Energies, and will go to the opening of Rice University’s first international campus, the Rice College Paris Middle, with Rice President David Leebron and Provost Reginald DesRoches, who will become Rice’s president in July.

The  delegation features City Council Member Karla Cisneros, Pierre Bang, President and CEO, Whole Energies, Jean-Loup Chrétien, retired astronaut and Tietronix Vice President of Analysis and Development, Alex Condon, CEO, Galen Data and Scott Gale of Halliburton, amid some others.

Learn more about Houston’s worldwide enterprise ties.