Mayor's Office

Press Release

Mayor Parker Signs Cooperative Agreement with Sao Paulo Mayor
Houston/Sao Paulo Pledge to Work Together, Grow International Business



March 26, 2012 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker today signed a memorandum of understanding with Gilberto Kassab, mayor of Sao Paulo, Brazil, initiating cooperation between both cities to develop productive relations in different fields of mutual interest.


"The hearts of Houston and Sao Paulo beat at the same pace," said Mayor Parker. "We share many similarities, since both cities are important economic drivers for their respective countries and we are geographically located near an ocean, although not on the coast. I look forward to sharing knowledge and experience to help improve the quality of life and business relations between our cities."


The agreement states both cities will:


  • exchange information and experiences in healthcare services, economy, urban planning, housing, transportation, education, environment, security, sports and tourism
  • promote the establishment and intensification of economic and commercial relations
  • stimulate scientific technological and technical exchange, observing Brazilian and US legislation
  • stimulate exchange between city officials, enterprises, educational and scientific institutions, youth organizations, artistic groups, sport and tourism of the two cities
  • promote the development of joint events and programs related to the industries and areas of cooperation listed above


Mayor Parker is currently leading a Houston trade delegation in Brazil. Organized by the Greater Houston Partnership, the purpose of the mission is to capitalize on the many synergies between Houston and Brazil; expand business opportunities for Houston companies in Brazil; increase opportunities for Brazilian investment in Houston; and establish strong, friendly ties between Houston and key counterparts in Brazil, especially within the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.


Located on the southeastern Brazilian Highlands, Sao Paulo is approximately 40 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. It has a humid subtropical climate and a population of almost 20 million people in the metropolitan area. Sao Paulo's economy is based on the textile, chemical and machinery industries, as well as growing coffee, cotton, sugar and other crops.