Mayor's Office of International Trade and Development


The Mayor's Office of International Trade & Development (MOITD) is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and continued growth of Houston's standing as a renowned international city.


The MOITD’s objectives include promoting Houston to the world, bringing Houston recognition as an international city, and bridging international barriers to help Houston's companies expand their business to embrace global partnerships and international trade.


To  achieve these objectives, the MOITD provides assistance to foreign businesses looking to expand in the Houston market, arranging and managing incoming delegations, and partnering with local community organization to promote their international services.


Introducing Houston's New Good Will Ambassador



Video made by HTV --


Houston Partners with Shanghai, China, in Cross-Promotion Efforts



On March 22, 2012, the City of Houston and City of Shanghai signed a memorandum
by which both sides agreed to exchange and promote informational videos on their cities.



March 22, 2012 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mr. Fen Guoqin, Chairman of the Shanghai's People Political Consultative Committee and President & Secretary general of Shanghai Public Diplomacy Association. The MOU is an agreement to exchange and display two promotional videos about Houston and Shanghai.




Contact MOITD


Office of International Trade and Development

901 Bagby, 4th Floor

Houston, TX 77002


PHONE: 832.393.0852

FAX: 832.393.0859


Event Calendar: September 2014 (.pdf)



Investment in Houston


Houston is a global gateway city, the fourth largest city in the United States, and one of the premier business centers in the world.


Why Invest In Houston (.pdf)



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Inbound / Outbound Delegations


The Mayor's Office of International Trade & Development seeks to raise global awareness of Houston's leading economic sectors and thriving business community. Toward this end, we function as an official counterpart to the numerous inbound delegations planning their visits to Houston, as well as a planner, coordinator or supporter of outbound Missions departing Houston for international destinations.


If you are planning a delegation to Houston or from Houston to an international venue and have any questions about how our office can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at 832.393.0851.



Annual Reports (.pdf) 201120102008200720062005

Past Newsletters


Newsletters beginning August 2013 available at


Monthly newsletters from 2005 to the present day. The MOITD partners with many organizations in Houston and abroad, in addition to other City of Houston departments.




Mayor's International Trade and Development Councils


Under the leadership of Mayor Annise Parker, the Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council has refocused its mission on identifying and expanding business opportunities for Houston. The Council is subdivided into seven regional sub-Councils, each representing a geographic region: Africa, the Americas, Asia/Australia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East / North Africa, and South Asia.


The Overarching goal of the MITDCs has been to expand the constructive dialogue between Houston’s international business community and the City government, and to jointly identify opportunities to promote the city of Houston globally – economically, educationally and touristically.



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