Houston Mayor D. Annise Parker
Leads A Business Delegation To Turkey
Due to its strategic location, Turkey is often described as a gateway between the Middle East, Europe and North Africa. Houston is Turkey’s second largest U.Sgateway for international trade. Turkey is a major business and financial driver in the global economy.
There are Turkish-owned businesses as well in Houston and these are mostly active in construction and real estate. Houston is a major manufacturing, aerospace, health and energy hub for the US and home to the US’s largest international trade port, Houston is Turkey’s second-largest US gateway.
There are 174 firms in the Houston region operating 663 subsidiary locations in Turkey. Mayor Annise Parker led a 20- member business delegation to the Republic of Turkey to discuss expanding trade ties and business opportunities with their Turkish counterparts. This was made possible and organized by Texas-Turkish American Chamber of Commerce, the City of Houston, and the Greater Houston Partnership.
The mission celebrated the inaugural nonstop Houston-Istanbul flight on Turkish Airlines and visited the cities of Istanbul and Ankara. It’s exciting when a world class carrier such as Turkish Airlines makes an investment and a commitment to a world-class city like Houston, Mario C. Diaz, director of aviation for the Houston Airport System told at the meeting. In what can be called a return visit following the Turkish trade mission, the delegation and the Mayor met with reporters in Istanbul to share ideas for potential joint investment opportunities. Addressing the press conference, the Mayor highlighted that the US aims to capitalize on improving ties between the two countries. Underlining that Turkey and the city of Houston shared common interests in trade, the mayor added “We are looking to expand multiple commerce and investment openings. The new direct service also enables our businesses and citizens to experience Turkey directly”. The Mayor along her delegation also met with high level Turkish officials, including the Minister of Economy, Minister of Transportation, Vice Minister of Energy, and the Governor of Istanbul. Mayor Parker and the delegation were also hosted by Vice President for Koza and Hatemoglu Textile Corporations in Turkey, Mrs. Efsane Turan. Mayor Parker and Mrs. Turan have agreed to meet again in the city of Houston within the frame of business entrepreneurship between two sister cities.