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The Office of Commercial and Business Affairs (CBA) plays a major role in coordinating trade and investment matters to support U.S. firms doing business overseas. Established as part of the "America Desk" initiative, the CBA coordinates State Department advocacy on behalf of American businesses and offers problem-solving assistance in opening markets, leveling the playing field, and resolving trade and investment disputes.

Supporting American firms in the global economy is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy and integral to the mission of State Department officers around the world. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright has stated, "The State Department places the economic security of the American people and promoting U.S. economic and commercial interests overseas at the top of our foreign policy priorities.... The doors to the Department of State and our embassies around the world are open--and will remain open--to U.S. business people seeking to share their ideas and to ask our help."  Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

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