About the Author: John Byerly serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Transportation Affairs.
As you know, the Secretary recently gave a speech at the Council of Foreign Relations outlining her policy priorities. What you may not know is the extent of State’s involvement in international economic policy-making. The Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs (EEB) and economic officers at U.S. embassies throughout the world address diverse economic issues, ranging from trade and investment to energy, finance, communications, sanctions and the global transportation system.
EEB’s Transportation Affairs division is devoted to providing the fullest possible support to the U.S. global transportation industry. Here at the Office of Aviation Negotiations, we lead interagency teams that negotiate Open Skies Agreements, eliminating government interference in the commercial decisions of airlines and allowing them to provide more affordable, convenient, and efficient air service for consumers.
We signed our first Open Skies agreement with the Netherlands in 1992. Since then, we’ve reached agreement with more than 90 other countries, in all regions and at all stages of development. Our Open Skies policy has had consistent bipartisan support. Currently, we’re seeking Open Skies agreements with Japan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Kyrgyzstan, and pursuing the second stage of negotiations of our landmark 2007 Open Skies agreement with the European Community and its 27 member states.
The sky’s the limit as we work towards a world-wide transportation system that is open, efficient, secure and safe for the rapid and economical movement of people and goods.