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NEWS: Around the Arctic January 19, 2016 - 7:00 am

Meet Greenland’s new rep in Canada: Inuuteq Holm Olsen

"There is a huge potential for closer co-operation between North America and Greenland"

JANE GEORGE
Holm Olsen is Greenland's new representative to Canada, the Greenland government announced Jan. 18. (HANDOUT PHOTO)
Holm Olsen is Greenland's new representative to Canada, the Greenland government announced Jan. 18. (HANDOUT PHOTO)

Greenland has a new representative in Canada — Inuuteq Holm Olsen, who also represents Greenland’s interests in the United States.

Greenland said Holm’s presence in Canada will be useful in expanding co-operation with Nunavut and the Maritimes.

The Greenland government announced Jan. 18 that Holm, who visited Ottawa last week, has now also been accredited as an official representative to Canada.

Holm, originally from Sisimiut, holds a masters degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he’s now based out of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark.

Holm introduced Greenland in the Canadian capital last week, when he met with federal government officials in foreign affairs and fisheries, Natan Obed, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Kenn Harper, the Danish honorary consul for Iqaluit, and members of the European Union delegation in Canada.

There are several areas where Nunavut and Greenland share common interests, such as co-operation on the Inuit exemption for seal products across the EU, said a Jan. 18 Greenland government release.

Holm plans to follow up on the visit to Ottawa with a visit to Iqaluit to talk about how to develop co-operation between Nunavut and Greenland, the release said, noting that Holm also wants to work closely with the Atlantic provinces on shared commercial and economic interests.

“Greenland’s representation in Washington, D.C. since 2014 has been an important medium and interface between the interested Greenland and American stakeholders,” said Greenland’s minister responsible for Finance, Resources and Foreign Affairs, Vittus Qujaukitsoq. “Now we’ve extended that co-operation to include Canada.

“There is a huge potential for closer co-operation between North America and Greenland… In Canada, there is great interest in the development and business opportunities in Greenland.”

Qujaukitsoq also said that Greenland is further ahead of Nunavut in a number of ways and “can therefore also serve as an inspiration” about “how and why Greenland has developed its educational, economic, commercial and political sectors.”

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