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The Mayor's Office of Trade & International Affairs

“Houston is a welcoming city, embracing all cultures, ethnicities and nationalities. We are a world-class international city, striving towards an ever more global future.”—Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston

Houston began as a town on the bayou – a local trading hub where the railroads met. Since then, the City has become a world capital of industry, growing increasingly international with over 25% of its residents born abroad and more than 100 languages spoken within its borders. As Houston’s global presence grows, the Mayor’s Office of Trade and International Affairs serves as the City’s international liaison, forming an important link between Houstonians and the world. Whether welcoming heads of state, establishing numerous diplomatic ties, attracting foreign investment or assisting Houston businesses seeking markets abroad, our office works to realize Mayor Turner’s vision of an ever more global Houston.


Diplomacy and Consular Affairs

Over the course of 2015, the Mayor’s Office hosted meetings with over 100 delegations and leaders from countries all over the world, discussing topics ranging from cultural exchange to future trade opportunities. The Diplomacy and Consular Affairs division is both an organizer and a liaison to the Mayor during these important meetings, helping promote Houston and attract future bilateral relationships, while maintaining the high standard of international protocol expected from one of the most global cities in the US. In addition to serving in this capacity, this division is the first point of contact for the 91 members of Houston’s Consular Corps, working to advise consular officials on their interactions within the City and coordinate consulate activities and services.

Please Contact Our Office if:

  • You need information on a consulate

  • You are planning the visit of an international government dignitary

  • You have questions regarding international protocol, customs or cross-cultural communication

  • You need a speaker on consular or international relations, protocol, cross-cultural training, or sister cities

Official Courtesies
  • Welcome amenities

  • Informational welcome packet

  • Welcome letter from the Mayor

  • Special tours of area attractions

  • Complimentary ground transportation (based on availability and rank)

Please contact Deanea Leflore for more information related to Diplomacy and Consular Affairs

International Business Development

As of 2015, over 3,400 Houston area firms, foreign government offices and nonprofit organizations are involved in international business, bringing in over $7.3 billion worth of foreign direct investment in the last decade. The International Business Development division serves to further attract foreign investment and be a point of contact between international businesses and the City of Houston. We offer red carpet service to foreign investors, provide companies with access to international resources and networking opportunities, as well as offer assistance to Houston businesses seeking market prospects abroad.

Please Contact Our Office if:

  • You need information on the World Energy Cities Partnership

  • You are a Houston business looking for consultation on expanding abroad

  • You are an international business seeking opportunities in Houston

Please contact Mohit Bangia and Tomiko Olah for more information related to International Business Development

Partners and Agreements

The Partners and Agreements division focuses on originating and maintaining bilateral agreements and global partnerships in an effort to secure beneficial relationships between Houston and international parties. On behalf of the Mayor, this division is in charge of Houston’s role in the Sisters City program, which actively reaches out to cities that share political, business and cultural interests with Houston.

Please Contact Our Office if:

  • You need information regarding Houston's role as a Sister City

  • You are looking for information regarding bilateral agreements with the city of Houston

Bilateral Agreements
This division helps coordinates the city's bilateral agreements, which allows Houston to develop special relationships with international cities in a single designated field of exchange (such as medicine, trade, education, or culture) over a two-year period. Each agreement is sponsored by the office of the Mayor or a City Council Member and coordinated by citizen volunteers.

Please contact Nike Luqman for more information related to Partners and Agreements

Events and Community Outreach

The Events and Community Outreach division helps connect local Houstonians with the international community by promoting international events, reporting on international occurrences, and providing updates on recent diplomatic activity in Houston. Throughout the year we plan and execute major events such as the Mayor’s Annual Consular Ball and the World Energy Cities Partnership’s Networking Reception and Corporate Luncheon.

Please Contact Our Office if:

  • You would like to become a subscriber to the Mayor's International Event Calendar

  • You would like to add your event to the international Event Calendar

  • You would like assistance or consultation regarding international events

  • You would like information regarding the Houston Consular Ball

  • You would like to rent international flags for events and recieve protocol information on how to display them

Please contact Paul Cuclis for more information related to Events and Community Outreach