Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) pursues Economic Diplomacy for America, making our nation and our people more prosperous and secureEvery day, EB works to create jobs at home and expand economic opportunities overseas.  On this site, you will find resources describing how the State Department engages with partners around the world on trade, finance, telecommunications and Internet policy, transportation, economic sanctions, commercial opportunities, and a host of other issues – ensuring that the United States remains the world’s strongest and most dynamic economy, as well as a beacon for American values.  Our bureau is led by Assistant Secretary Charles Rivkin.

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

  • Commercial & Business Affairs (EB/CBA): Supports U.S. firms doing business abroad, advocates for strong intellectual property protection and enforcement, and promotes global entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Trade Policy and Programs (EB/TPP): Furthers U.S. trade policy and advances export opportunities for U.S. businesses including through 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): Works internationally to promote a strong digital economy by advocating an open and secure global Internet and advancing information and communications technology.
  • International Finance and Development (EB/IFD): IFD promotes sound macroeconomic, development, and investment policies, including anti-corruption, through bilateral and multilateral (e.g., IMF, World Bank, OECD) engagement, supporting U.S. and overseas prosperity.
  • Transportation Affairs (EB/TRA): Negotiates aviation agreements to promote international mobility of people and goods.  Coordinates international aviation and maritime policies to support safe, secure, and environmentally sound international transport.
  • Economic Policy Analysis & Public Diplomacy (EB/EPPD):   Conducts strategic planning, analysis, and public affairs.  Promotes responsible business conduct. Leads U.S. relationship with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  Manages the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP).


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