Greenland foreign minister keen to strengthen ties with Maine

Connecting Portland to the Greenland capital of Nuuk via a shipping route set to open in 2020 will be a “game changer” for both sides, Greenland’s minister of education, culture, church and foreign affairs told Mainebiz on Thursday.

She was in town for a roundtable discussion and luncheon with representatives of institutions including the Maine International Trade Center’s Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO) and members of the Maine North Atlantic and Arctic Education Consortium.

The consortium represents more than 13 colleges, universities and institutions in Maine supporting Arctic and North Atlantic academic programs and partnerships.

Seeking to build on existing collaborations in the educational field, Bagger spoke of forging closer trade and tourism ties — in both directions — and said she sees Maine as a gateway to other North American markets for Greenland exports.

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