Foreign Minister Samuelsen opens new Consulate General of Denmark in Houston, Texas
On May 2nd 2018, a new Consulate General of Denmark opened in Houston, Texas. The “Lone Star State” is the 10th biggest economy in the world with 28 million people.
“With the new Consulate General in Houston, we want to make a concrete difference for Danish companies that want to export to the region. The economic growth in Houston and Texas is significant and there are huge opportunities for Danish companies”, the newly appointed Consulate General, Jacob Vind, explains.
Before his appointment as Consul General, Jacob Vind worked for the Danish Trade Council in Silicon Valley as the Head of the Water Technology Alliance in North America.
- The potential for exporting Danish products and technologies to Texas is obvious as several beneficiary conditions create opportunities for Danish companies:
- Wind: Texas is the largest producer of wind energy in the US. A windy climate and a vast and modernised transmission network create ideal conditions for windmill production in Texas.
- Life Science: Texas is at the forefront of advancing life sciences: The Texas Medical Center in Houston is the largest medical complex in the world with more than 100.000 employees and substantial investments.
- Maritime sector: The Port of Houston, which serves the metropolitan area of Houston, is one of the largest ports in the US and is a focal point for shipping between North and South America.
- Water: Texas will invest 60 billion dollars in water infrastructure during the next 50 years.
- Oil and gas: Texas is known as a capital of oil and gas production and currently hosts more than 5000 companies working with fossil fuel energy.
- Tech and innovation: Austin, Texas is already an epicentre for IT companies. The new Consulate General will work with the Danish Tech Ambassador to take advantage of the growing opportunities for Danish tech companies willing to work in Texas.
The opening of the Consulate General is part of the Danish Government’s goal of a bigger reach throughout the US, which is Denmark’s third largest export market and the largest outside Europe.