|Houston – The Greater Houston Partnership, Chinese Vice Commerce Minister Wang Chao and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) will strengthen important ties between the greater Houston region and the People’s Republic of China at a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony on Monday.|
The Chinese commerce minister’s visit to Houston is part of the official state visit to the U.S. of Chinese President Hu Jintao to meet with President Barack Obama.
In addition to the MOU signing ceremony, Houston activities include an economic forum with Chinese, U.S. and local officials; a welcome address by Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade; a keynote address by Vice Minister Chao; a business incentives and trade session with the Texas Governor’s Office; and remarks from Deputy Assistant Secretary Craig Allen of the U.S. Department of Commerce. GHP will close out the morning session by emphasizing the Houston region’s many business ties and assets to the Chinese delegation.
In a separate event for the delegation, Mayor Annise Parker will co-host a business luncheon with the GHP.
“Houston is proud of our strong global roots with important trade and investment allies like China,” said GHP President & CEO Jeff Moseley. “As the nation’s fourth largest city and the top exporting city in the U.S.’ number one exporting state, Vice Commerce Minister Chao’s official state visit to our city is an excellent opportunity for us to strengthen trade and investment ties.”
China ranks as Houston’s third largest global trading partner. In 2009, trade between Houston and China totaled $10 billion and more than 775 Houston companies reported doing business with China. Over the last two years, GHP signed 12 MOUs in the fields of import and export, investment climate, business information and other commercially orientated activities with two Chinese provinces and eight cities with GDP of $1.25 trillion USD and a population of 203 million people in China.
GHP is the primary business advocate for the 10-county Houston region. Through its award-winning Opportunity Houston lead generation and marketing program, GHP will help create 600,000 regional jobs, attract $60 billion in capital investment and expand foreign trade by $120 billion for the greater Houston area by the end of 2015. CCCME is China’s largest chamber of commerce.
WHO: Jeff Moseley, President & CEO, Greater Houston Partnership
The Hon. Wang Chao, Vice Minister of Commerce, People’s Republic of China
Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade
WHAT: MOU Signing Between GHP and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export
of Machinery and Electronic Products
WHEN: January 17, 2011
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Hilton Americas Houston – Grand Ballroom
1600 Lamar Street
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