Caretaker Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni’s press office issued a clarification statement today regarding the controversy over the waste companies’ dossier, stating that the Finance Ministry has settled since the beginning of the year 2020 payment decrees of $82.2 million and 7.4 billion Lebanese pounds and draft decrees worth $21 million, stressing that it does not have any pending payment decrees due for waste companies.
Moreover, the statement indicated that “the state pays all its dues and contracts to companies in the national currency, i.e. the Lebanese lira, while the waste companies’ crisis, which they have expressed in more than one meeting, is their need for the Fresh Dollar and converting their dues from the Lira into the US Dollar, which is not the responsibility of the Ministry of Finance.”
“The Ministry of Finance had sent a letter on October 20 to Lebanon’s Central Bank, requesting to provide funding in dollars for contracts with the Council for Development and Reconstruction to manage solid household waste, but has not received any response yet,” the statement concluded.
Source: National News Agency