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Icelandic President to Speak in Maine
04/28/2013 10:56 AM ET  

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson will be the keynote speaker at Maine International Trade Day on May 31 in South Portland.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The president of Iceland is coming to Maine.

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson will be the keynote speaker at Maine International Trade Day on May 31 at the Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland.

Grimsson will speak about business opportunities that might be created as climate change shrinks the polar ice cap. His visit comes a couple of months after Icelandic shipping company Eimskip made Portland its primary East Coast port of call.

Grimsson is expected to discuss how the receding polar ice could open northern shipping routes between North America, Europe and Asia in the future, while making natural resources such as gas and iron ore more accessible.

Maine International Trade Day is put on by the Maine International Trade Center. Gov. Paul LePage will also speak at the event.


 

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