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Nuts for nuts

Nuts for nuts

This article is part of an Executive special report on Lebanese industry. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. Lebanon’s leading nuts producer Al Rifai last July moved into a brand new $25 million facility near Byblos. “We used to have three separate production facilities in

Figuring figures

This article is part of an Executive special report on Lebanese industry. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. What’s the Lebanese industrial sector worth? That’s the million dollar question,” says Cristiano Pasini, representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Beirut. In collaboration with Lebanon’s Ministry

The state of Lebanon’s industry

This article is part of an Executive special report on Lebanese industry. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   Fady Gemayel is president of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI). Executive spoke with him about the state of industry in Lebanon, its challenges and its future.

Manufacturing survival

This is the overview of an Executive special report on industry. The rest of the report will be published here over the coming days. By any measure, Lebanese industry is doing abysmally. In the first six months of 2014, industrial exports declined by 29.3 percent year on year, whereas the corresponding period in 2013 had witnessed

Israel’s new best friend

Ties between Israel and India are likely to strengthen following the recent landslide electoral victory of the Indian People’s Party (BJP). The Hindu nationalists obtained an absolute majority in parliament and saw their poster boy, 64 year old Narendra Modi, being sworn in as the country’s 15th Prime Minister. His Israeli counterpart Prime Minister Benjamin

After nearly a year suspension, Lebanon's national team can now take part to all FIBA organized competitions

Lebanese basketball returns

Update: Since we published the article online, Lebanon announced its withdrawal from this year’s WABA Championship because it would interfere with the final playoff games which are currently taking place.  Nearly a year since its suspension due to political interference in Lebanon’s most popular game, the Lebanese Basketball Federation (LBF) was reinstated as a member

Fouling out

Sport can heal and unify a nation, as shown by Lebanese basketball club Sagesse (Hekmeh) in the late 1990s. Their green and white colors waved across the country when the club was crowned Asian Club Champion for the first (and second) time in Lebanon’s history. But sport can also have the exact opposite effect, and

Invested development

A house is more than just a home. It is also an investment vehicle that, if things go well, can produce handsome earnings. With real estate producing double digit returns in recent years, especially in Beirut, it should not come as a surprise that Lebanon’s banks and investment firms are increasingly in on the action.

Towards breaking point

“Late March a Syrian mother of eight stood at my door, asking for help, but I had nothing left to give,” said Elian Nasrallah, a priest in charge of coordinating aid efforts in Qaa – a Christian village in Lebanon’s northern Bekaa Valley. Qaa has become host to some 10,000 mainly Sunni refugees from Syria,

Libya’s Senussi smiles at injustice abroad

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on February 7 ordered the Libyan government to immediately hand over former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi for his alleged role in orchestrating the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. Libya appealed, as it aims to try Muammar Qadhafi’s former right hand man in front of a home crowd.  “Libya’s rebel authorities need to

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