by Kevin McGwin
When the Arctic Economic Council holds its first annual general meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, it will be able to point to a number of accomplishments. One of the most visible of those is the establishment of a secretariat, in Tromsø.
“That is a good accomplishment for the first year,” says Tom Axworthy, the policy chair at Massey College, University of Toronto. The Arctic Council, he points out, did not get a permanent home base, also located in Tromsø, until 2013, almost two decades after the organisation was founded, in 1996.