Author Archives: Executive Staff

Q&A: Elie Nakhal

E: How many non-Arab tourists are coming to Lebanon? Lebanon has passed through several stages with respect to non-Arab tourists. We had a period of unfortunate events from 1975 to 1990. After that, we tried hard to get non-Arab tourists to come here. Our efforts were not always successful, despite the fact that we invited

Industry Voices – Light at end of tunnel?

Ramzi Ghosn: Proprietor, Massaya Winery E: Our industry has been forced to seek out new and sustainable export markets and been moderately successful. How can other sectors within the manufacturing or agro-industry replicate this success? To be successful you need a comparative advantage. In the local wine industry, our comparative advantage is the fact that

Tourism Voices – High flying times

Pierre Achkar: President of the Lebanese Hotel Association and owner of the Printania Palace Hotel in Broummana E: How many hotel rooms will Lebanon be able to offer its visitors by the end of 2005? How many should it be able to offer? What are the requirements for healthy and sustainable hotel industry development in

Banking Voices – Size still matters

Georges Abou Jawdeh: President, Lebanese Canadian Bank E: After encouraging developments on the interest rate front, Banque du Liban has once again adjusted the rates upwards. In such an environment, how can the banking sector develop a more efficient corporate and retail lending culture? Following the Paris II meeting for donor countries to Lebanon and

Real Estate Voices – No alternative to Lebanon

Nabil Gebrael: Chairman of Coldwell Banker Lebanon E: What should be done to achieve a more mature, transparent and regulated residential market? Nowadays, anyone in Lebanon can operate as a broker, which creates confusion and mistrust in the market. I believe in regulating the market through licensing and continuous education. In a regulated industry, real

Q&A: Georges Corm

Despite regional instability, a soaring public debt and the threat of international sanctions under UN Resolution 1559, the Lebanese economy experienced its strongest growth in seven years, largely due to a record number of tourists, increased exports and vigorous real estate activity. Yet, according to Georges Corm, the key to sustainable economic growth and greater

Economy Voices – Reform Horoscope

Joey Ghaleb: Economist at the ministry of economy and trade E: How could the Lebanese Government give new impulses to the economy through public spending in 2005? Although “Paris II” may be long forgotten, the Lebanese must keep reminding themselves that soothing political sound bites do not pay the bill. Major structural reforms do and

A proud Trading tradition

I taught you value of information and how to get it,” yelled Gordon Gecco (Michael Douglas) to Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) in the iconic 1980s movie Wall Street. Those few words constitute the whole vortex around which the movie is predicated. And while insider trading is a major felony in developed securities markets, it is

Q&A: Ali Abdallah

E: What was the ministry’s strategy in 2003? AA: This year should see a robust and energetic campaign to promote the Lebanese tourist industry, especially in light of the encouraging figures that were recorded in 2003. Not since 1974, 20 years ago, have we seen over one million visitors and the business that was generated

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