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Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

Office of Commercial and Business Affairs


Business, Entrepreneurship, and Responsible Business Conduct

The Office of Commercial and Business Affairs (CBA) is the State Department’s gateway for American businesses overseas. Our mission is to employ U.S. government resources to assist and advocate for U.S. business interests abroad, encourage responsible business conduct, promote a vibrant ecosystem for entrepreneurship and innovation, and ensure U.S. private sector concerns are integrated into our foreign and economic policy.

Policy Issues

Commercial Diplomacy

The Office of Commercial and Business Affairs serves as the focal point for the Department's outreach to the U.S. business community and has primary responsibility in the Department for developing, analyzing, and coordinating efforts to vigorously support and facilitate U.S. business interests abroad.

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At the direction of the Secretary of State, the Office of Commercial and Business Affairs works closely with the White House, the Department's regional and functional bureaus, other U.S. government agencies, and the private sector to lead the Department's efforts to promote entrepreneurship worldwide.

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Responsible Business Conduct

The Responsible Business Conduct team engages companies, labor groups, non-governmental organizations, and other governments to promote and support responsible business practices globally.

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