Author Archives: Jeremy Arbid

Automating the future

Automating the future

Reading Time: 7 minutes It is in Lebanon, of all places, that the tale of Technica unfolds. The company manufactures and customizes automated end of line solutions — those machines that prepare products after they’ve been individually assembled, or wrapped, for shipping. So, if you were to say, eat a Twix candy bar in Cairo, it would have been

Israel’s cold shoulder

Reading Time: 8 minutes In December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed a request to Israel to compensate Lebanon for environmental damages to the latter’s coastal and marine territories following an oil spill. While the endorsement does not provide binding measures, it is the first time that the General Assembly has included a compensation figure — eight previous

Not just a pipe dream

Reading Time: 8 minutes Even though Lebanon’s first offshore licensing round is on hold indefinitely, each passing month highlights the necessity for transparency and accountability in managing the country’s potential oil and gas resources. When Executive asked questions about the Lebanese firms prequalified to bid for petroleum contracts in its October 2014 issue, it found evidence that Apex Gas

The technologies of tomorrow

Reading Time: < 1 minute Innovative Lebanese manufacturers are harnessing the technologies of tomorrow in their factories today. Executive went to Technica for an inside peek at how the company employs robotic technology in the manufacturing and maintenance of automated turnkey solutions — machines that, for example, package candy bars and other consumable products. Starting as a small operation in

Muddling through

Reading Time: 8 minutes For Lebanon’s manufacturers, 2014 was a difficult year. The promising gains the sector had made in the preceding year were diminished as the many oft-cited impediments — those of political and security instability, and high operating costs — hindered a continuation of industrial growth. It was, at best, a year in which factories muddled through

The incremental approach

Reading Time: 7 minutes As Lebanon stares down increasing deficits, mounting debt, a history of fiscal inefficiency and recent complications posed by the Syrian war, the state’s finances are yet again in troubled waters. Executive sits down with the person charged with keeping the government’s fiscal ship afloat, Alain Bifani, director general of the Ministry of Finance since 2000.

A matter of perspective

Reading Time: 6 minutes In a family of medical doctors, she is a statistician. A former Lebanese University professor, Maral Tutelian has been at the helm of Lebanon’s Central Administration of Statistics for nearly 15 years — influencing public, business and societal decisionmaking through quality-driven data.   Policymaking depends upon reliable statistics; do you consider CAS’ role in providing

Widening the confidence interval

Reading Time: 8 minutes For Maral Tutelian, something is missing from the three year old debate about the economic impact of a proposed public sector wage increase: reliable statistics. The director general of the state’s Central Administration of Statistics (CAS) tells Executive, “It’s not a matter of point of view, it’s not a matter of guesstimation. Imagine all these

Easily evicted

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lebanon’s already crumbling infrastructure has been further exasperated by the inflow of refugees into the country — UNHCR most recently tallied 1.1 million registered Syrians — and the lack of adequate, affordable housing is making refugees’ lives in Lebanon even more difficult.  Most recently, the Lebanese government has restricted the entrance of new refugees into

Transit and turmoil

Reading Time: 3 minutes Executive sat down with Elyas Salameh to discuss his documentary “Transit” and the situation of Iraqi Christian refugees in Lebanon.   With “Transit,” what were you asking yourself that convinced you to make the documentary? I focused on Iraqi Christians because [they] still have their own identity and if they flee Iraq it will disappear.