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.

sanctions Against Venezuela's Gold Sector


Mar. 19: Maduro and his illicit network are misusing Venezuela’s gold-mining operations as another way to steal from the Venezuelan people after having mismanaged and plundered Venezuela’s crumbling oil industry. This action will prevent Maduro and other corrupt actors from further enriching themselves at the expense of the long-suffering Venezuelan people. In addition, it will help stop mining-related environmental damage and labor exploitation in Venezuela’s gold industry. More» Treasury Release»

The Road to GES


Secretary Pompeo (Mar. 18): "We’re hosting the Road to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit here in the heartland. It’s to celebrate entrepreneurs; it’s to talk about the State Department’s role there and how American innovation is dependent on an environment, free enterprise environment, a system that we have so deeply held as the very roots of what we are here in America...Where is Manisha Singh who runs the bureau? Right back here. Please say hi...We have 1,500 officers at embassies all across the world trying to help you all deliver value to your shareholders and your businesses, and to make America’s economy even stronger." Full Text» Trip Page» More»

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»