Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

Empowering Growth, Securing Our Future


Every day, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) works to create jobs at home, boost economic opportunities overseas, and make America more secure. Under the leadership of Assistant Secretary Manisha Singh, we promote a strong American economy by ensuring a level-playing field for American companies doing business around the world and attracting foreign investors to create jobs in America. Economics has become the indispensable foreign policy tool of our time, enabling us to build relationships through trade and enforce sanctions against terrorists, human rights abusers, and corrupt officials. Everything we do is to ensure that the United States remains the world’s strongest and most dynamic economy.

Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks at the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Secretary Pompeo (June 22): "As a result of the President's policies, international companies and investors are already coming here full speed. ... And the State Department is a key player in facilitating commerce that benefits both the American people and our partners." Full Text»

The 5th U.S.-Republic of Korea Bilateral Cyber Consultations

Date: 06/21/2018 Description: Robert Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy (pictured at left), participates in the 5th United States-Republic of Korea Bilateral Cyber Consultations, Seoul, Republic of Korea. - State Dept Image

The 5th United States-Republic of Korea Bilateral Cyber Consultations were held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on June 21 to strengthen our joint commitment to an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure cyberspace. More»

Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks on Economic Diplomacy

Secretary Pompeo (June 18): "Today we have over 200 officers serving in our Economic Bureau and 1,500 economic officers serving in embassies all across the world. Each of those individuals has the job to make sure that we continue to have the most robust economy, the most dynamic economy, in the entire world." Full Text» More»

Managing Competition in Regional Security Cooperation


Assistant Secretary Singh (June 2): "As the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, in my work, I have full view of a key principle of President Trump’s National Security Strategy: that Economic Security is National Security...National security and economic security are interwoven, and economic measures play a direct role in fostering security." Full Text»

New All-Cargo Rights Added to U.S.-Jamaica Air Transport Agreement


On May 10, U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires Khant and Jamaica’s Minister of Transport and Mining Montague signed an agreement to amend the U.S.-Jamaica Air Transport Agreement of 2008 to include seventh-freedom rights for all-cargo operations, effective as of the date of signing. More»

Closing the Digital gender Divide


On April 26, the U.S. joins the International Telecommunication Union in celebrating International Girls in ICT Day -- an initiative aimed at empowering and encouraging girls and young women globally to pursue education in STEM fields, and become coders, innovators, and technologists. DipNote»

Partnering with Japan on infrastructure in Third Countries


Assistant Secretary Singh (Apr. 23): "By combining the strength of our governments’ commitment and our unparalleled private sector expertise, American and Japanese firms are destined to succeed in improving access to critical needs for the global population." Full Text» More»

U.S. and Grenada Sign Open Skies Air Transport Agreement


Apr. 10: Today, the United States and Grenada signed a new Open Skies Air Transport Agreement, which strengthens the civil aviation partnership between the two countries and deepens commercial and economic ties. More»

Adding South Sudanese Oil Entities to Department of Commerce Entity List


Spokesperson Nauert (Mar. 21): "Today, the U.S. is taking action against fifteen South Sudanese oil-related entities whose revenues have contributed to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan. This action reflects the U.S. commitment to doing all it can to protect the innocent people of South Sudan." Full Text»

Assistant Secretary Singh at International Women’s Day Forum


Assistant Secretary Singh (Mar. 6): "The U.S. government is committed to continuing our efforts to expand entrepreneurship, unleash access to capital and technology and enhance women’s labor force participation. Investing in women and girls isn’t just the right thing to do, its smart policy, it smart economics." Full Text»

Assistant Secretary Singh at Outlook on the americas


Assistant Secretary Singh (Mar. 6): "In 2016, two-way trade in goods and services for the United States within the Western Hemisphere totaled $1.7 trillion. The United States is the top trading partner for over half of the 37 countries in this hemisphere, and we sell more to the Western Hemisphere than we do to all of Asia combined." Full Text»