The Sky's the Limit

Posted by John Byerly
August 26, 2009
Airplane in Farnborough, England With Blue Skies Overhead

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.

Comments

Comments

Dan
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Virginia, USA
August 27, 2009

Dan in Virginia writes:

Why does it appear that Sen. Jim Webb is doing state dept work in Asia. As a member of the sen foriegn relation committee he helps draft policy but I didn't know he was allowed to actually do State dept work i.e. negotiate hostage release, commerce matters etc, etc. Isn't that not the function of the State Department Director (Ms. Clinton)?

Ron
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New York, USA
August 27, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

The Eagle has landed.......

I notice we have replaced the Space Shuttle with this Jet...have we pulled the U.S.-Libyan Youth Space Program posting for any particular reason? I hope we don't find out that the U.S. knew about the UK's oil deal with Ghaddafi on the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Can oil interests really trump terrorism in affairs of state?

Caron
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District Of Columbia, USA
August 29, 2009

Caron in Washington writes:

@ John, thanks for posting this! Good luck with Japan. I constantly recommend FSOs to consider a posting in Aviation Negotiations. It is a fun, fulfilling, interesting, and necessary office with a tremendous purpose and great accomplishments. All the best to the transportation family!

Ron
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New York, USA
September 1, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Twinning Development....

Why not match development projects by type and geography to create synergies for domestic and international projects? There are many opportunities for partnership in the U.S. and other countries and regions. It would be smart to import and export our mutual strengths for development.

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