President Michel Aoun received Industry Minister, George Boushikian, today at Baabda Palace, and was briefed on the challenges facing the Lebanese industry at the present time.
Minister Boushikian presented the industrial situation in terms of the successes he recorded in exporting many Lebanese products abroad.
After the meeting, Minister Boushikian made the following statement:
“I was honored to meet His Excellency the President, in a periodical visit, to listen to his views and directives and the data available to him on the Lebanese scene in general and regarding economic matters in particular.
His Excellency was briefed on the developments and activities related to our ministry and the industrial sector, and the challenges it faces, which we are working with all determination to overcome, with the help of the Ministry’s work team, the Industrial Research Institute and the Lebanese Standards Institution.
I also liked to convey to His Excellency the industrial situation, which is also recording successes in the export of various products, especially food commodities, medicines, sterilizers, cleaning materials, industrial machines and generators.
The Lebanese are also preparing tanks for civil defense mechanisms and crossovers for ambulances. Likewise, Lebanon Developed in multiple and advanced technology, software and information programs produced by engineers specializing in computer and informatics engineering, and sold to European countries.
We have set an agenda to prevent violations and evasion of compliance with standards and specifications. This plan, which we implemented, has yielded for the benefit of the industrialist.
I would like to benefit from my presence here today, to appeal to the expatriates who spend their vacations in Lebanon, in order to carry out individual encouragement initiatives, which are in fact saving contributions to the economy and industry, which require shopping with a basket of national products, and marketing them in their expatriate environment to introduce their friends and acquaintances to the national production.
With this, they are suspending the “Ambassador” medal for Lebanon abroad, which is what we need most to secure once again interaction between Lebanon and the countries of the world”.
Questions & Answers:
In response to a question, the Industry Minister said “There are no obstacles today to the export of Lebanese production. There is a plan to maintain food security, and we see the size of the food stock in the country, successively, and in light of that we allow export, provided that the strategic food security stock is preserved”.
“We work to directly solve any problem faced by industrialists, in order for the industrial cycle to remain in the right direction. We are in constant interaction with the Association of Industrialists and industrial bodies, to work on solving all problems” Minister Boushikian concluded.