Visit from Greenland to China

Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources from Greenland’s self-government, Ove Karl Berthelsen, was in China November 4-10., where he met with Chinese officials and participated in a mine- and mineral fair in Tianjin, which was held November recently. 

 China Mining Congress & Expo 2011 is one of the world’s largest and most important mine- and mineral fairs, which covers the whole value chain from geological research to extraction, procession and financing. This year the fair had over 5,000 participants with more than 600 stands from 60 countries.

The self-government in Greenland participated for the first time this year with their own stand (in cooperation with among others GEUS). Ove Karl Berthelsen spoke at the fair’s ‘Ministerial Forum’, where a special Greenland session was held November 7. The delegation from Greenland informed about the mineral deposits in Greenland and presented the possibilities for investments in the raw mineral industry in Greenland.

Ove Karl Berthelsen held a bilateral meeting with Vice Minister Wang Min from Ministry of
Resources and Land, and furthermore, he had a short meeting with Vice Premier Minister Li Keqiang November 7.

Ove Karl Berthelsen participated, together with the delegation, in a lunch at the Danish embassy November 8 with representatives from Chinese authorities, who is engaged in Arctic, including State Oceanic Administration and China Arctic and Antarctic Administration.

Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources from Greenland’s self-government, Ove Karl Berthelsen, says:

“I am glad to have the opportunity with this visit to contribute to open the Chinese market for export goods from Greenland, such as the new large scale projects in the mineral resource area.”

Denmark’s Foreign Minister, Villy Søvndal, says:

“Minister from Greenland’s self-government Ove Karl Berthelsen’s visit in China heralds a new chapter in the Greenlandic-Danish-Chinese cooperation with great perspectives for the future. I myself met with the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yang Jiechi, in Copenhagen last month, where we also discussed Arctic related issues.”

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