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Our Mission

Every day, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) creates jobs at home, boosts economic opportunities overseas, and makes America more secure. EB promotes a strong American economy by leveling the playing field for American companies doing business in global markets, attracting foreign investors to create jobs in America, and deploying economic tools to deny financing to terrorists, human rights abusers, and corrupt officials. Economics has become the indispensable foreign policy tool of our time. Everything we do is to ensure that the United States remains the world’s strongest and most dynamic economy.

U.S. Alternate Executive Director to the Asian Development Bank, Jason Chung, opens the joint State Department – U.S. Treasury event on sustainable infrastructure development at the Asian Development Bank’s Annual Meeting (May 4, 2019). Representatives from Australia, Japan, and the United States described new tools their governments are launching to meet infrastructure challenges in the region. India and Indonesia referenced the important role of the private sector, including through public-private partnerships.

Policy Issues

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Responsible Business Conduct

Helps U.S. businesses and entrepreneurs pursue opportunities abroad and promotes responsible business conduct.

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Advancing the Digital Economy

Investment Relationships, Development Finance, & Monetary Affairs

Protects U.S. national security while promoting balanced investment relationships, fostering sustainable development, and supporting international financial stability to create prosperity and growth in the United States and abroad.

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Economic Sanctions, Countering Terrorist Financing, Anti-Money Laundering, & Conflict Minerals

Develops and implements sanctions and counter-threat finance policies to counter risks to national security posed by particular activities, groups, and countries.

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International Trade Policy Advice & Safe, Secure, Efficient Global Transportation

Represents the State Department in international trade and policy discussions and provides trade, agricultural, and intellectual property rights protection expertise on foreign policy issues. Leads U.S. government efforts to ensure safe, secure, efficient aviation and maritime transportation networks worldwide.

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