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Telecom sector hopes to pick up in 2006

Telecom sector hopes to pick up in 2006

Kamal Shehadi Managing director of Connexus Consulting E Now that the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) is being put on track with the search for a capable team, how long do you expect it to take until the agency can be fully operational and what should its first actions be? Secondly, is it possible to draw

Freddy Baz : Chief strategic advisor, Banque AUDI

E In the latest Banque Audi report, you state that Lebanon was a “no growth environment in 2005,” but that it was able to “avoid a recessionary trap.” How were we able to do this and what if any role did the banks play? What we wanted to highlight is that we are not in

Joseph Sarkis- Minister of tourism

Joseph Sarkis was appointed minister of tourism in the new cabinet. Here, he talks to Executive about this year’s downturn, the balance between security and tourism, and his hopes for public-private sector cooperation in promoting Lebanon as a major tourist destination. E To what extent has the tourist sector suffered this year? It is obvious

Getting the economy back on track

Mira Merhi Senior economist, ministry of economy and trade E Which sectors of the economy were most affected by the 2005 crisis? How is trade faring, given current relations with Syria? What are the government’s most immediate economic recovery plans? How does it plan to create growth? In 2005, the Lebanese economy witnessed a slowdown

Getting tourism off the ground

Joumana Azzi Branch manager at Wild Discovery Travel & Tourism E How many Lebanese are taking holidays abroad on an annual basis and how has this figure evolved over the last few years? What characterizes the outbound Lebanese tourist market? Is the trend of package tours catching on? While we do not have exact figures

The Gulf economies come of Age

It’s been a historic year for the region. Some are calling it the oil boom of the new millennium, others are recognizing it as the coming of age of the modern Arab economy, but the reality remains that the growth witnessed across all sectors in the Arab world in 2005, was nothing short of phenomenal.

Buildimg up the financial markets

Jean Riachi Chairman, Financial Funds Advisers E How could UN sanctions on Syria affect Lebanon’s finance sector? What can we expect from Syria in the long term, after possible regime change or crisis resolution? I don’t think UN sanctions on Syria would affect Lebanon’s finance sector. I don’t see how they could affect it. They

Ibrahim Muhanna, Chairman, I.E Muhanna group

Ibrahim Muhanna is the chairman of the i.e. Muhanna Group, a leading actuarial firm in the region and publisher of specialized financial strength ratings on Middle Eastern insurance companies. His company also produced the calculations used in devising a program for a Lebanese pension scheme. Executive talked to Muhanna about the situation in the regional

The forecast for insurance

Sami Saadeh General manager for the American Life Insurance Company (ALICO) E How did the life insurance sector develop in 2005, and what are your expectations for 2006? Do you foresee a boost for the industry from new legislative initiatives? Our exact results for 2005 are not finalized yet, but we hope to achieve a

A positive wrap up for real estate in 2005

Vincent Najarian General manager of C.A.R.E. real estate consultants E The real estate market, especially the high-end residential market, has appeared to ride out the crisis of 2005. Can you explain this and what is your forecast for 2006? “We remained positive throughout 2005, and are very upbeat about 2006. The signs are good. Only

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