Far off the target

In the first of a twelve-month series investigating Lebanon’s capacity to reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Gaelle Kibranian Zavzavadjian, Stephanie Nakhel and Gebran Azar take a look at Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. The Lebanese are blessed with favorable amounts of precipitation, with the highest average rainfall of any country in the

De-risking green power

Lebanon’s energy sector is characterized by a significant supply-demand imbalance, continuing growth in demand (5 percent per year), high generation costs (partly due to aging infrastructure), and a lack of financial sustainability. Electricité du Liban (EDL) cannot recover its operating costs and depends on the Lebanese government to subsidize operations. In 2013, EDL received transfers

Going further

Allianz SNA is one of the most active insurance companies in Lebanon and the Middle East. Executive sat down with its Chairman and Regional Chief Executive Officer, Antoine Issa, to talk about the state of the insurance industry and the interconnections between consolidation, governance and institutional investments. E   How do you view Lebanon from

Taking the long view

The task of improving the Lebanese insurance sector through regulatory instruments, financial supervision and increasing governance has been pursued by the Insurance Control Commission (ICC) at the Ministry of Economy and Trade (MoET) for the past 15 years, with growing vigor and ever-increasing activity. To obtain an update on the ICC’s views and projects, Executive

More acquisition than merger

The sale of Al Ittihad al-Watani Insurance evolved over several years and was rumored in the Lebanese market to involve a number of valuation issues before culminating in an acquisition by NASCO Insurance Group. NASCO, whose founding purpose was brokerage activity and whose main focus is insurance broking, pursued the deal on the grounds that

Lapping up management of health and diseases

As the tide of transformation in the insurance industry makes its way across geographies and business lines, it not only floods the field’s core players with uncertainty, but it also affects business models in auxiliary ventures affiliated with insurance. One important auxiliary area consists of enterprises that engage in the management of medical insurance claims.

A desperate chase for consolidation

There is no shortage of challenges present or overdue reforms absent in the insurance sector in Lebanon. The backlog of unsolved issues begins with the need to renew the insurance law that was adopted about the time the Chevrolet Camaro was a new automotive design. It has – albeit once facelifted in the 1990s –

Interview with Georges Corm

Now that the government has approved the 2017 budget, the question remains as to what new taxes or tax increases might be imposed. As Executive goes to print, the indication is that there will be some introduced, but it is not clear which, and Parliament will have to debate the budget before it is ratified

Taxing tax reforms

With little official communication about the government’s proposed tax reforms and no public discussions with civil society or concerned professionals, confusion and misinformation about the proposed tax law have run rampant. In an attempt to clarify the debate, we have examined the six proposed tax reforms pertinent to the real estate sector and their possible

Tax squeeze

Lebanon is closer to ratifying a national budget than it has been in recent memory. For the past 12 years, the country has not passed a budget into law. In recent years the roadblock has been, at least publicly, a salary increase for certain public sector workers. The debate is taking place in a fiscal

Taxation without representation

For 12 years running, Lebanon has been without a budget. This does not mean the state hasn’t been collecting revenue and spending it. Rather, it means there have been no clear-cut priorities, nor a strategic vision guiding how the government manages taxing and spending. During the past five years, the problem of finding revenue to

Stonewalled

Executive didn’t get past security at the Grand Serail. It was March 3. The access to information law was just over a month old, and we were barking excitedly, unsure if whether we were even in front of the right tree. In hand were requests for minutes of cabinet meetings. We were hoping to reach

An industry-wide upgrade

Times of change and upgrades of operating systems are confusing events, or, in today’s economic lingo, disruptive. Few things can be more disruptive than the abrupt upgrade of a whole industry to a higher level, forcing it into new ways of doing business and, inevitably, altering its whole identity in the process. That’s what’s currently

The devils must go

This year’s Arab Summit was particularly painful to watch. The pompous grandiosity of the congregated Arab leaders was nothing short of nauseating. What do they have to show for it? Collectively, these leaders are at the helm of nearly 400 million Arabs. What are their KPIs? The World Bank estimates a collective GDP of $2.56

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