Mayor Parker will speak about the ties strong business and cultural ties between Houston and India when she appears at the World Trade Center Mumbai today.  The speech, which has been publicized to more than 50 media outlets, will mark the mayor’s first official appearance since arriving in India early Sunday morning.  Mayor Parker, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston are leading a week-long investment and trade mission to Mumbai and Delhi, India.

“It is my goal to introduce Indian business leaders to the leading business officials of my administration,” said Mayor Parker. “I want them to come away from this meeting with a name, a face and contact information of someone in Houston who can support them in their efforts to do business in our city.”

Greater Houston Partnership Chief Economic Development Officer Bob Pertierra will also address the WTC.

Monday’s schedule also includes a briefing by U.S. Consul General Thomas Vajda and meetings with Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar and the Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Mumbai.  In addition, the mayor and Pertierra will sit down for one-on-one media interviews about Houston with several India based reporters.

The delegation will be in Mumbai until Tuesday when they travel to Delhi for more business meetings during the last half of the week. 

The group of business leaders traveling with the mayor includes KBR Director of Business Development, Sales and Technology Arup Ganguly; Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston President Ashok Garg; Past IACC President Sanjay Ramahadran; Gunda Corporation President Ramesh Gunda; EmagineNET Technologies Co-founder Arif Momin; Universal Weather and Aviation Regional Vice President Charles Mularski; Emediscript President Pankaj Patel; Isani Consultants Principal Bobby Singh; Asset Management Consultants Principal Dr. Karun Sreerama; Strategic Infrastucture LLC Partner Mini Timmaraju; Geotest Engineering President Ravi Raj Yanamandala and two Port of Houston Commissioners.

The trade mission is sponsored by Gunda Corporation, AECOM and Universal Weather and Aviation.