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Mayor Turner And Greater Houston Partnership Lead Trade Delegation To Mexico City

The goal is to strengthen the commercial relationship in sectors such as energy, tourism and medical research.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera met during the delegation's trip to the neighboring country.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (right) and Mexico City’s Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera (left) met during the delegation’s trip to the neighboring country.

This week, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) are leading a trade delegation to Mexico City.

More than 1,000 companies across greater Houston report doing business with Mexico and in 2015 that trade was valued at more than $17 billion, according to Mayor Turner's office.

The delegation is focusing on strengthening the relationship in terms of tourism and medicine, with potential agreements between the Texas Medical Center and some Mexican hospitals.

But energy is certainly also on the agenda and the mayor notes that the World Petroleum Congress will soon be voting on where the conference will be held in 2020.

"It has not been in the United States, and specifically in Houston, in the last 30 years. Mexico has a vote at that conference next month and I am asking for their support for the City of Houston," Turner told Houston Public Media.

The trip coincides with the Monday Night Football game being played in Mexico City between the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders.

Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the GHP, underlined that they planned the trip around the football game because "it was just the perfect opportunity to bring a larger than typical delegation to Mexico City."

The delegation also includes representatives from the Houston Airport System and the Port of Houston, as well as several companies that have offices in our city.

They will meet with top officials from the Mexican government, and with Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, among others.

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