Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, and Caretaker Minister of Culture, Judge Mohammad Wissam Mortada, on Thursday inspected the construction site of the new “Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music” building in Dbayeh, which is funded by China.
Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon, Qian Zhijian, the Institute’s board of directors, and the conservatory’s director, Heba Al-Kawas, partook in the inspection tour.
“This project would not have been achieved had it not been for the ongoing cooperation between the Lebanese and Chinese governments,” Mikati said, thanking China for covering the entire cost of the project.
“His Excellency, the Ambassador of China, has expressed his country’s desire to cooperate in all fields, especially in the field of solar energy and its distribution to several regions in Lebanon, as well as to telephone centers, water pumping stations, and hospitals. We hope that this cooperation will expand further,” Mikati added, expressing his gratitude and appreciation to the Chinese government.
In turn, Minister Mortada seized the occasion to thank the Chinese state for its generous gift.
“Today marks the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, and in my capacity as the Lebanese Republic’s Minister of Culture, I extend my greetings to the government and people of China, and to my Chinese counterpart on this occasion,” Mortada said.
For his part, the Chinese Ambassador said, “This is the only major project under construction in Lebanon funded by the State of China. After its completion, the condition of music education in Lebanon will improve, and the Lebanese audience will be provided with a first-class professional venue to enjoy various shows.”
Zhijian went on to express belief that “this project will become a major symbol of friendship between China and Lebanon that will also bolster ties between both peoples.”
Moreover, Zhijian affirmed that “the wise and diligent people of Lebanon are able to find their way out of the prevailing crisis and to restore their vibrant economic cycle and diverse culture.”
“I am confident that this project will render Lebanon a cultural pearl and a center for the exchange of eastern and western civilizations — with more brilliance. China, as a friendly country to Lebanon, is ready to continue providing its best support and cooperation,” Zhijian added.
In turn, the President of the National Higher Institute of Music, said, “We highly appreciate the support we’ve received from PM Mikati for the institute, which confirms that Lebanon’s strength is through its culture and creativity; music is what builds civilizational bridges with the world and reflects historical and civilizational heritage, identity, and openness.”
Kawas also thanked the Chinese Ambassador “who has spared no effort and endeavored” to implement this project .