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MITC announces International Trade and Investment Award honorees

The Portland-based Maine International Trade Center has announced the winners of the 2016 International Trade and Investment Awards, which will officially be presented on May 26 — Maine International Trade Day.

The award winners are:

Exporter of the Year: Kepware Technologies

Kepware Technologies is a Portland-based software development company focused on solutions to assist businesses including manufacturing, natural gas, and utilities companies in more than 100 countries in connecting automation devices and software.

“Kepware has increased revenue by more than 60% since 2012 in large part to strong growth rates in international markets. In 2015, bookings outside of North America accounted for 42% of our total revenue,” Brett Austin, senior vice president at Kepware said in a news release. “We’ve fueled this growth by investing in both strategic new hires and in the relationships we’ve built with our international distribution partners.”

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Sen. Angus King pursues funding to add icebreakers in Arctic

Sen. Angus King of Maine is pushing to add money to the Coast Guard budget for the construction of icebreakers, saying the state’s economy would benefit if the United States had more of the ships to maintain Arctic shipping lanes.

King said icebreakers are needed to maintain shipping routes in the Northwest Passage as warming global temperatures make shipping there more feasible. Maine’s ports stand to gain because they are the closest U.S. ports to the eastern end of the passage, he said.

Read full article in the Portland Press Herald

How more Maine lobsters can be cracked by the Japanese market

After five years of double-secret negotiations, the world has had its first look at the text of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. All together, the 12 nations comprise nearly 40 percent of the global economy, and Maine lobster exporters are just one group that hopes this will crack open new markets.

If the trade pact is accepted, more than 18,000 tariffs would be reduced or eliminated, including those Pacific rim nations levy on Maine lobsters.

And Maine lobster exporters see the elimination of tariffs to prized agricultural markets in Asia, especially Japan, as an opportunity to export more of the valuable commodity.

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DMR touts Maine lobster in Asia

SHANGHAI — The notion of sustainable fisheries harvesting practices translates well into Chinese and Japanese, according to Deirdre Gilbert, policy director for the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

Gilbert, who travelled to Tokyo and Shanghai on a trade mission with Governor Paul LePage late last month, provided an overview of Maine’s lobster industry management and conservation measures to dozens of chefs, buyers, government officials and media in both countries.

“This mission was a success on many fronts,” said LePage. “But I was especially pleased to see how receptive people were in Tokyo and Shanghai to Deirdre’s presentation on the management and character of Maine’s lobster fishery.

“I believe this will help our dealers continue to grow markets in China and Japan for Maine lobster in all its forms.”

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Maine trade mission to Japan deemed a success by officials

Maine officials declared a two-day trade mission to Japan a success, saying seeds were sown to enhance business relationships in the tourism, seafood and composites industries.

Led by Gov. Paul LePage and organized by Maine International Trade Center and the U.S. Commercial Service, the visit to Tokyo focused on developing exports for those industries and developing relationships for educational opportunities. MITC staff highlighted the state’s economic and workforce development assets to potential Japanese investors and the Maine Office of Tourism promoted the state to international visitors.

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International students make the most of their experience at MMA

Juan Agudelo Arboleda comes from a long line of mariners, and has pretty much become one himself. He grew up in the Colombian city of Cartagena and, at 21 years old, eventually hopes to work as a pilot for his family’s business.

Pilots are the sailors who board vessels as they enter port to help them navigate the unfamiliar waterways; they know the location of every current, sandbar and sunken ship.

For the last four years, Arboleda has been one of the few international students enrolled at Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) — more than 2,000 miles from the waters he wants to navigate for a living.

What’s he doing there? And why, for that matter, have students from countries as diverse as Turkey, China, India, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Jamaica and Sweden crossed literal oceans to study at MMA in recent years? The short answer: MMA does a fine job training its students.

Just like their American counterparts, the academy’s international students have landed well-paying jobs in the maritime and logistics fields. They’ve also used their overseas experiences to make contacts, acquaint themselves with a different culture, eat the obligatory lobster and better understand English, the language of global trade.

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Maine trade delegation sets sights on China’s vast middle class

Can you translate “Maine, the way life should be” into Chinese? If not, don’t worry – the Maine Office of Tourism has done it for you.

The agency recently launched a website in Chinese in an attempt to bring more Chinese tourists to Maine. The country’s burgeoning middle class – and its increasing ranks of wealthy investors – are drawing interest from Maine businesses and government officials, a group of whom will be leaving Saturday on a trade mission to China and Japan. Although the trade delegation will seek more export opportunities for Maine products such as lobster and composite materials, it is also trying to develop partnerships that will lure Chinese money to Maine in the form of tourism dollars, tuition payments and business investments.

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Maine delegation heads to Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik

A delegation of 45 Mainers from businesses and academia will attend the upcoming Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland October 16-18, 2015 looking to build Arctic business and education networks and to learn about key issues in the Arctic that are affecting the world. The Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO), a program of Maine International Trade Center is organizing the delegation.

“We are excited to see the amount of interest growing from Maine in the North Atlantic since the Gubernatorial Trade Mission to Reyjavik ,” comments George Gervais, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development. “The Trade Center and MENADO have been building trade and investment relationships in this region over the past two years and the size of this delegation is a testament to its success.”

The annual Arctic Circle Assembly has become the largest international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 1500 participants from close to 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland.The event is designed to increase participation in Arctic dialogue and to strengthen the international focus on the future of the Arctic.

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Iceland officials visit Portland to talk comfort food exchange

A delegation from Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik are scheduled to meet with officials here to discuss how to boost cultural connections between the cities. The city said in a statement Tuesday that eight city administrators for Reykjavik would meet at City Hall at 2 p.m. Wednesday in a meeting coordinated by shipping company Eimskip and the North Atlantic Development Office in the Maine International Trade Center.

The city said local and Icelandic officials plan to discuss ways to promote downtown tourism, arts, cultural events and industry-based relationships on both sides of the Atlantic.

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