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Recycling history

We are being governed incompetently. 2015 proved that. Not only did the government’s handling of waste management allow one of the country’s worst environmental disasters to unfold, but it is replicating bad decisions it made nearly 20 years ago. In 1997, the cabinet gave one local company a monopoly on most of the nation’s waste

Surviving the slump

The real estate market is the subject of much speculation, usually the negative kind. There are very few optimists who still see it as a lucrative sector. Yet the reality is not so bleak. Demand exists but only for the right product at the fair market price. Prices have started to adjust but effective drops

Plan of (in)action

If a five-year plan to modernize Lebanon’s telecommunications infrastructure announced in July is being implemented, the Ministry of Telecommunications (MoT) isn’t talking about it. There’s no progress report on the website. The MoT hasn’t publicly announced tenders for the various projects needed for an upgrade. And the ministry’s reply to repeated interview requests on the

Cleaning up and going green

Between 2011 and 2015, the overall direct investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and green buildings in Lebanon exceeded $450 million. According to Riad Salameh, governor of Banque du Liban (BDL), Lebanon’s central bank, more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs were created in this sector during that same period. The records of the Lebanese

Renewed dynamism

After a year riddled with difficult market conditions, dry wells and regulatory hurdles, the offshore oil and gas sector in the Eastern Mediterranean finally has good reasons to look forward to 2016. In Egypt, the August 2015 discovery of the so-called “supergiant” Zohr offshore natural gas field could not have come at a better time

Irrational drug prescription in Lebanon

Irrational use of drugs is a major problem worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over half of all drugs are prescribed, dispensed or sold inappropriately. Inappropriate drug prescriptions have a negative impact on quality and safety of treatment, promote drug resistance, diminish patient trust in the healthcare system and increase the economic burden

Jbeil’s power pursuits

In 2010, everything was looking up for Lebanon’s electricity sector. Gebran Bassil, then minister of energy and water, had put forth a master plan that by 2015 would have delivered 24 hours of uninterrupted electricity generated cheaply by clean burning natural gas. The plan, needless to say, did not fully materialize, leaving individual areas to

A rubbish decision

Lebanon has never gotten nation-wide waste management right. In 1971 the government hired a local consultant to help write a plan for treating and disposing of the country’s waste, according to the consultant’s website. While the company declined an interview request, the existence of hundreds of open dumps around the country attest to the fact

Resource wealth buried under paperwork

Another year of waiting has come to pass and yet there is still no movement for Lebanon’s oil and gas sector. Is it a regional conspiracy to prevent the Lebanese government from taking its own decision, or is it the fault of American diplomats, as Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri claimed in November 2015? Almost

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