Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert recently met with Consul General Gao Yanping, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston. This was followed-up with an invitation by Judge Hebert to the Consul General for a private welcome reception and luncheon prepared by Allison Wen of Safari Texas Ranch on March 30. Accompanying Consul General Gao were the Consul & Director of the Education Office and the Consul & Director of Economic Development.
Fort Bend County representatives along with Judge Hebert included the Fort Bend County “Friendship Committee” and representatives of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council.
The Fort Bend County Friendship Committee was created to explore and facilitate a “Sister Community” relationship. It will help promote the understanding of the Chinese culture and heritage and benefit the Fort Bend economy by identifying opportunities for future business recruitment and the development of key industry ties complimentary to Fort Bend County. Among the participating members of the Friendship Committee are George Chang, Michael Liu, Gary Lo, Howard Paul, Allison Wen, Jeff Wiley and Daniel Wong.
Consul General Gao received a crystal bridge from Judge Hebert as a token of friendship. Herb Appel, CEO of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council, presented an overview of local economic conditions and the strengths of Fort Bend County for the benefit of Consul General Gao and her staff.
“As we look to the future development of mutual friendship and respect, we envision a growing awareness and appreciation of each other’s culture and people,” said Judge Hebert. “As we move forward, we hope this partnership will provide a means of fostering educational, economic, and professional exchanges.”