To be sure, the Forum once again generated news and social content about business trends, societal needs, industry insights and new voices in the global economy. But the real conversations in the hallways were that global business leaders are more concerned over the threat of Euro collapse than debating problems of income inequality.
At a recent seminar in Tokyo designed to generate investment in Canada's natural resource sector, the interest among Japanese investors was evident. But it was equally clear that Canada faces stiff competition to woo investors. Simply repeating that "Canada is open for business" and expecting the investment dollars to roll in won't work.
Governments with an eye on the national interest pursue policies that enhance the power and wealth of their citizens. That's what the new State Owned Enterprise guidelines are designed to do. They're not anti-China or anti-foreign investment as much as they are pro-Canadian.