Mayor Sylvester Turner recently led a three-country trade mission to West Africa from July 17 - July 25th visiting three African countries: Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, and Ghana.
This trade mission marks the Turner Administration’s second official visit to Africa following the mayor’s visit to South Africa in 2016.
The delegation accompanying Mayor Turner consists of a diverse group of individuals including Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Martha Castex Tatum, City Councilmembers Tiffany D. Thomas and Karla Cisneros along with members from various sectors and industries including the Texas Medical Center, Chevron, Haliburton, Port Houston, East End Maker Hub and the Ghana-Houston Chamber of Commerce.
The mission will focus on further strengthening the existing political ties between all three countries and Houston by:
- Finding new economic opportunities for Houston companies in Africa, and to find opportunities for these international companies to do business in Houston.
- Continue to grow the cultural and civic engagement between Houston and Africa
- Establish consulates in Houston for all three countries.
- Direct flights between Houston and Nigeria
"As the most diverse city in the nation, Houston treasures its international connections and the knowledge and expertise they bring into our community,” says Mayor Turner. “Nigeria's position as an energy powerhouse aligns perfectly with Houston as the energy capital of the world. We share many synergies, which is why we have corporations like Chevron and Haliburton joining us. This trip demonstrates our dedication to strengthening links between Houston and Africa."
Houston is home to one of the largest Nigerian populations in the country and is Africa’s second-largest urban trade partner in the United States. Mayor Turner understands that this mission will help bolster Houston's position, strengthening economic ties and expanding opportunities for collaboration with Africa nations.