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The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs' Trade Policy and Programs Division (EB/TPP) advances economic prosperity by increasing trade through the opening of overseas markets and freeing the flow of goods, services, and capital. This division's mission is to:

  • Expand open market approaches to trade;

  • Expand the scope of multilateral trade regimes and development of international rules and standards;

  • Enforce rules and agreements to reduce and eliminate foreign trade barriers, increase transparency, and strengthen the rule of law;

  • Combat foreign competitive practices that impede U.S. access to markets in areas such as standards, barriers related to animal or plant health, tied foreign aid, and corruption;

  • Expand business opportunities for U.S. agricultural producers and processors;

  • Promote U.S. trade interests within the World Trade Organization (WTO) and regional trade organizations such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the North American Free Trade Agreement Secretariat (NAFTA), and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA);

  • Promote bilateral trade and resolve specific issues that impede such trade; and

  • Facilitate U.S. trade policy development
The Trade Policy and Programs Division is comprised of three offices:

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