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 Acting Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment and Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs 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.

International Women's Day


Acting Under Secretary Singh (Mar. 7): "As we gather to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, I am honored to be here with so many business leaders and champions of women’s economic empowerment. In line with this year’s theme, 'The Equality Opportunity' I want to set our sights on some bold endeavors..." Full Text»

Senior Official On North Korea


Senior State Department Official (Mar. 7): "Whether the President ultimately decides to expand those sanctions is a decision I think would ultimately rise to the President’s level, but at this moment I would say the sanctions are still in place... We are certain that we can maintain the economic pressure against North Korea that will make clear to the entire North Korean Government, but to Chairman Kim specifically, that there’s a clear choice to be made here, and if they choose to go in the direction that the President laid out to them in an expansive manner at the summit in Hanoi, then they can – they have a very bright future ahead of them." Full Text»

DC Blockchain Summit 2019

Acting Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Manisha Singh delivers remarks at DC Blockchain Summit 2019 in Washington, DC.

Acting Under Secretary Singh (Mar. 6): "The Trump Administration is committed to lowering trade barriers overseas, protecting intellectual property and maintaining our technological edge. The digital economy and greater access to information have fueled economic growth and created more opportunities for American workers." Full Text»

Crisis in Venezuela


Secretary Pompeo (Feb. 23) (Twitter): "The U.S. condemns the attacks on civilians in Venezuela perpetrated by Maduro’s thugs. These attacks have resulted in deaths and injuries. Our deepest sympathies to the families of those who have died due to these criminal acts. We join their demand for justice." Statement» Humanitarian Aid Fact Sheet» Sanctions Fact Sheet» More»



Remarks by Ambassador Strayer at MWC Barcelona


Amb. Strayer (Feb. 26): "The U.S. wants to ensure that we and our partners and allies maintain secure and reliable communications networks and supply chains to reduce the risks of unauthorized access and malicious cyber activity....To this end, the U.S. is asking other governments and the private sector to consider the threat posed by Huawei and other Chinese information technology companies." Full Text» More»



Ensuring Venezuela's Constitutional Order and Safety of Elected Officials


Deputy Spokesperson Palladino (Jan. 12): "We call on all Venezuelans to uphold and respect the role of the National Assembly, as established in the Venezuelan Constitution of 1999, and, in particular, for the security forces and the armed forces to respect all protections the constitution affords to Guaido and the other members of the National Assembly, especially their safety and welfare." Full Text»


U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue


On December 13, the U.S. and Greece held the inaugural U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue in Washington, DC. Secretary Pompeo and Greek Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs George Katrougalos launched the Dialogue, which included high-level interagency representation from both countries. Joint Statement» More»

Strengthening Economic Cooperation With the Republic of Korea


Dec. 7: Assistant Secretary Singh led talks with Vice Foreign Minister Lee Taeho of the Republic of Korea during the latter’s official visit to Washington, D.C. They discussed the importance of the U.S.-Korea economic relationship, and prospects for greater cooperation in global health security, energy, and women’s economic empowerment. The parties signed a memorandum of understanding to advance cooperation on these issues. More»

International Anticorruption Day


Secretary Pompeo: "Corruption facilitates transnational crime, fuels terrorism, obstructs economic growth and development, weakens the rule of law, and undermines democracy. Ultimately, it endangers our national security. That is why, as we look ahead to International Anticorruption Day on December 9, we pledge to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide." Full Text»

Global Magnitsky Sanctions on Individuals Involved in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi


Secretary Pompeo (Nov. 15): "The U.S. imposed sanctions on seventeen Saudi Arabian individuals for serious human rights abuse resulting from their roles in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi at the Consulate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. This action was taken under the authority of Executive Order 13818, which implements and builds upon the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act." Full Text» Treasury Release»

Update on Iran Policy And sanctions

Secretary Pompeo (Nov. 5): "Our objective is to starve the Iranian regime of the revenue it uses to fund violent and destabilizing activities throughout the Middle East, and indeed around the world. Our ultimate goal is to convince the regime to abandon its current revolutionary course." Full Text» Constraining Iran's Nuclear Program»Treasury Fact Sheet» Outlaw Regime Report» More»

Election of Ms. Bogdan-Martin to the ITU


Department Spokesperson Nauert (Nov. 2): "The U.S. congratulates Doreen Bogdan-Martin for her election as Director of the International Telecommunication Union’s Bureau of Telecommunication Development. We were honored to support her candidacy for this position and believe she is the right person for the job. Ms. Bogdan-Martin is the first woman to be elected for any senior leadership position at the ITU in its 153-year history." Full Text»

Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology


Department Spokesperson Nauert (Nov. 2): "We welcome the International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology. Precision biotechnology innovations, such as gene editing, will help our farmers and ranchers and others around the world to increase productivity and promote plant and animal health." Full Text»

Travel to Brussels and Jerusalem


From October 18-22, Assistant Secretary Manisha Singh traveled to Brussels and Jerusalem. In Brussels, the Assistant Secretary attended the Privacy Shield annual review. President Trump has appointed Assistant Secretary Singh to perform the duties of the Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, including those of the Privacy Shield Ombudsperson. On October 21, Assistant Secretary Singh conducted bilateral meetings in Tel Aviv, and on October 22, she participated in the 33rd U.S.-Israel Joint Economic Development Group session in Jerusalem. More»


Assistant Secretary Singh (Oct. 5): "The winners today in Sustainable Operations and Women’s Economic Empowerment are a sign of our times. At this point in consumer purchases, we’ve found that American consumers, worldwide consumers, want to purchase products that are sourced responsibly, that are made by companies who care about the environments in which they operate. So responsible business is not just a smart thing to do, but it also contributes to a company’s bottom line." Full Text» More»

2018 Benjamin Joy Award


Assistant Secretary Singh (Oct. 4): "The Benjamin Joy Award was created in 2016 to recognize the benefits to American businesses and to America’s foreign policy when the U.S. government works together to advance commercial diplomacy and help U.S. firms, bringing to the effort all of our interagency tools...Congratulations to all of our nominees for their outstanding work and especially to our winner Embassy Vientiane." Full Text»