| 20 May 2024, Monday |

President signs Competition Law, gets briefed on new housing plan

President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, signed Law No. 281 of 15/3/2022 relating to the Competition Law. This Law was approved in the last Parliament session, and was referred to publication according to the rules.

Human Academy for Convergence & Dialogue:

The President chaired a meeting for the coordination cell for the establishment of the Human Academy for Convergence and Dialogue.

The meeting was attended by Presidency Director-General, Dr. Antoine Choucair, President Aoun’s Advisor for Christian-Islamic Dialogue, Mr. Naji Khoury, Dr. Elham Kallab Bsat, and advisors Ibrahim Berbery, Osama Khashab, and Chris Jabbour Tchourian.

The meeting was devoted to address the stages that the academy’s establishment project has gone through, especially in terms of allocating the land provided by Damour Municipality, which has an area of 100,000 square meters, setting the administrative foundational structure and researching the academy’s curricula, in addition to the on-going contacts to urge countries to sign the international agreement in coordination with the Foreign Ministry.

Finding a temporary center to start administrative work and prepare for the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the Academy was also tackled in the meeting.

The President praised the efforts to complete the necessary preparations for the launch of the Academy, which was approved by the United Nations General Assembly at his initiative on 16/9/2019 and was approved by 165 out of 167 countries that attended the voting session, bearing the United Nations resolution No. A/73/L107.

Housing Corporation Director General:

President Aoun received the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Housing Corporation, Engineer Roni Lahoud.

The institution’s conditions, especially the amount of prepayment of housing loans, which exceeded 15,000 loans, while work continues to complete the remaining files that were affected by the Corona pandemic and staff shortage were discussed in the meeting.

Eng. Lahoud indicated that he briefed the President on the new housing plan prepared by the Foundation in 2018, which will be referred to the Cabinet for approval. The plan includes rent, ownership rent and financing methods, which is composed of 41 items, and also includes cooperation with the private sector, joint transportation and urban planning.

For his side, the President noted the efforts made by the Housing Corporation in addressing the housing file, especially in these difficult economic conditions, and called prioritizing the social needs of citizens, especially in the housing sector.

  • NNA