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The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) is led by Assistant Secretary Charles Rivkin. EB's mission is to promote economic security and prosperity at home and abroad. The Bureau's work lies at the critical nexus of economic prosperity and national security. As the single point where international economic policy tools and threads converge, we help promote a coherent economic policy across the U.S. Government. On this site you will find links and resources for all of these tools and the ways the U.S. Department of State and EB are engaged to implement U.S. foreign economic policy.

The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs is divided into seven areas:

  • Commercial & Business Affairs (EB/CBA): Supports U.S. firms doing business overseas and foreign firms wishing to invest in the United States. Ensures that private sector business concerns are fully integrated into U.S. foreign and economic policy. Houses offices for intellectual property and the Global Entrepreneurship Program to promote entrepreneurship worldwide.
  • Trade Policy and Programs (EB/TPP): Furthers U.S. trade policy objectives and advances export opportunities for U.S. businesses through trade initiatives including free trade agreements and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Houses offices for trade and agriculture.
  • Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions (EB/TFS): Leads efforts to develop and implement economic sanctions, to deprive terrorist groups of funding, and to stem the trade in conflict gems and minerals.
  • International Communications and Information Policy (EB/CIP): EB/CIP formulates, coordinates, and oversees the implementation of international telecommunications and information policy, leading U.S. delegations to bilateral and multilateral negotiations. EB/CIP works internationally to maintain a free, open and accessible global Internet, and also represents U.S. Government positions on telecommunications security, spectrum and other communications-related matters.
  • International Finance and Development (EB/IFD): Uses financial channels to expand economic opportunities in the U.S. and abroad and support other U.S. foreign policy interests. Collaborates with other U.S. agencies, international financial institutions (e.g., IMF, World Bank), and private sector partners to promote sound economic policies and support U.S. exports and job creation. Houses offices focusing on investment, development and macroeconomic policies.
  • Transportation Affairs (EB/TRA): Provides support to the U.S. global transportation industry. Leads negotiation of aviation agreements and coordinates international aviation and maritime policy, to support the highest level of safety, security, and environmental protection.
  • Economic Policy Analysis & Public Diplomacy (EB/EPPD): Manages cross-cutting issues including strategic planning, economic analysis and public diplomacy. Promotes corporate social responsibility; leads the U.S. relationship with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and manages the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP).

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