Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus just led some of the most prominent foreign diplomats in the U.S. to Big Sky Country. Ambassadors from Canada, China, Germany, Japan and Peru joined the Democratic lawmaker on a four-day ramble through his home state of Montana to talk trade with ranchers and farmers.
“Right now, Butte is the center of the international business world,” Baucus said today in a statement. He said previous tours have boosted U.S. exports of beef and aircraft equipment.
No word yet on what trade developments will come of Ambassadors’ Tour 2013. With the exception of China, the envoys on this trip hail from nations that are pursuing free-trade talks with the U.S. Their visit is linked to the Montana Economic Development Summit, which includes speeches by Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt, Tesla Motors Chairman Elon Musk and Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.
Top executives from Boeing Co., ConocoPhillips, FedEx Corp., Ford Motor Co., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Delta Air Lines Inc. will also speak. We suspect some of them may remember to pack the fly-fishing gear.