Just two months after Mayor Annise Parker led a Trade Mission to India, a reciprocal mission from the region has already come to Houston. The delegation, comprised of several representatives of Indian corporations looking to expand, was led by Ms. Rajyalakshmi Rao, president of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce Mumbai (IACCM). On July 10, Mayor Parker and the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) received Ms. Rao and her fellow corporate delegates at Consul General Parvathaneni Harish’s residence and welcomed them to the city.
Originally, the delegation had intended to only travel to New York and Atlanta. During Mayor Parker’s stay in India last April, however, she established a rapport with Ms. Rao and witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the IACCM, the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) and the IACCGH. After these developments, Houston was added to the delegation’s itinerary.
The IACCM’s swift reciprocating gesture not only represents a major step towards strengthening bilateral ties between India and Houston, but also reveals the effectiveness of Mayor Parker’s most recent trade mission, which is already yielding positive benefits just months after its completion.
“We share strong business, trade and cultural ties,” said Mayor Parker. “I see much potential for increased economic activity between Houston and India and look forward to helping make those connections.” As the third busiest gateway for U.S.-Indian trade with a 4.7 billion annual trade value, Houston already boasts a thriving economic relationship with the world’s second most populous country. Considering the recent success of the IACCGH, GHP and Mayor Parker’s efforts in India, as well as the resulting reciprocal visit by the IACCM delegation, this relationship stands to further flourish.