Those celebrated trade missions that received so much coverage in the 1990s and early part of this century may not have been as effective as governments professed. Pictures of former prime minister Jean Chretien striding the streets of Beijing with a posse of Canadian business executives looking for work did bring home deals but did they cause a permanent increase in bilateral trade? Two University of British Columbia professors have discovered that they didn’t.
Team Canada: champions or scoreless?
Did Canada’s celebrated trade missions yield lasting benefits?
- By: Jared Mitchell
- From: BUSINESS without BORDERS
- Date: Thursday August 5th, 2010