Mayor's Office Press Release
Mayor Sylvester Turner to Host Inaugural Houston-Africa Energy Summit with African Heads of State, African Ministers, Corporate CEOs, and Business Leaders
The two-day summit will take place September 22-23 in Houston, TX
August 3, 2022 -- Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will host the City’s first-ever Houston-Africa Energy Summit featuring African Heads of State, African Ministers, Houston-based energy CEOs, and business leaders from the African continent and the Greater Houston Area.
The Houston-Africa Energy Summit will take place September 22-23, 2022. It will bring together African leaders to meet directly with Houston’s energy companies to promote new businesses, identify economic development opportunities, and discuss challenges for U.S. companies operating in Africa. The summit will create a platform to discuss broad strategies and specific oil and natural gas extraction opportunities, building renewable energy capacity, reducing carbon emissions, and creating innovative power distribution systems in Africa.
“Our city is truly like no other. As the Energy Capital of the World, Houston is uniquely positioned to host the summit and convene a dialogue that will collectively open doors and unlock business opportunities for the United States and Africa in the Energy sector,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “I am beyond proud of the meaningful friendship we share with Africa and have made a commitment to increase Houston’s engagement with the continent.”
Houston is the headquarters and intellectual capital for nearly every energy industry segment, including exploration, production, transmission, marketing, supply, and new technology. Houston employs almost a third of all U.S. oil and gas extraction jobs and is home to 5000 energy-related firms. The Houston region remains at the forefront of foreign investment in the energy transition. With a long history of industry innovation, Houston-based firms represent the ideal partner to help further develop Africa’s energy sector.