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The Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs (EEB) is an agency of the U.S. Department of State charged with promoting economic security
Economic security
Economic security or financial security is the condition of having stable income or other resources to support a standard of living now and in the foreseeable future...

 and prosperity at home and abroad. It is the single agency of the Under Secretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs
Under Secretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs
Under Secretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs is an undersecretary position within the United States Department of State. The Under Secretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs serves as senior economic advisor at the State Department and advises the Secretary of...

. The Bureau's work lies at the nexus of economic prosperity and national security
National security
National security is the requirement to maintain the survival of the state through the use of economic, diplomacy, power projection and political power. The concept developed mostly in the United States of America after World War II...

. As the single point where international economic policy
Economic policy
Economic policy refers to the actions that governments take in the economic field. It covers the systems for setting interest rates and government budget as well as the labor market, national ownership, and many other areas of government interventions into the economy.Such policies are often...

 tools and threads converge, EEB helps to promote a coherent economic policy across the U.S. Government. It is headed by the Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs, who is, since December 1st, 2009, Jose W. Fernandez
Jose W. Fernandez
Jose W. Fernandez is the current United States Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs.-Biography:Fernandez serves as the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs...

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EEB accomplishes its mission through a "Total Economic Engagement" approach that strategically analyzes and employs all of the economic engagement tools of the U.S. Government. The Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs is divided into the following sections:
  • Energy, Sanctions and Commodities (EEB/ESC);
  • International Communications and Information Policy (EEB/CIP);
  • International Finance and Development (EEB/IFD);
  • Trade Policy and Programs (EEB/TPP);
  • Transportation Affairs (EEB/TRA);
  • Commercial & Business Affairs (EEB/CBA);
  • Economic Policy Analysis & Public Diplomacy
    Public diplomacy
    In international relations, public diplomacy or people's diplomacy, broadly speaking, is the communication with foreign publics to establish a dialogue designed to inform and influence. There is no one definition of Public Diplomacy, and may be easier described than easily defined as definitions...

    (EEB/EPPD).

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