resident of CCI Paris ?le-de-France, regional chamber of commerce and industry, Jean Paul Vermes, visited on Friday Beirut and Mount Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, and commented that he is not worried about the economic future of Lebanon.
Vermes, who convened with head of the Lebanese Chamber of Commerce of Beirut and Mount Lebanon, Mohammad Choukair, held a meeting with heads of economic bodies. Discussions focused on bolstering cooperation with the private sector in various fields, particularly the industrial and technological ones.
Choukair noted that the influx of over 1.7 million displaced Syrians has brought Lebanon’s economy into a state of stagnation.
Despite this grim reality, Choukair pointed that Lebanon has many promising opportunities, such as the reconstruction of Syria. He explained that many local companies were preparing to enter this process in partnership with their French counterparts.
Moreover, oil and natural gas exploration would give rise to many transformative industries.
“We aim at creating a new dynamic for cooperation between our companies and French ones to face the demands of the markets and augmenting the competitive capabilities of our institutions…Lebanon will continue to be the economic gateway of the region.”
In his turn, Vermes said that this was his first visit abroad after assuming office. He asserted the need to fortify economic relations between both states, as well as creating partnerships between the businessmen of both countries. He voiced assurance that Lebanon’s economic status and role were safe.
Source: National News Agency