Author Archives: Jeremy Arbid

Not just a pipe dream

Not just a pipe dream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Refugee purgatory

Elyas Salameh needed extras. Back in 2010, while on set shooting a TV commercial in Beirut, Salameh needed people to fill one of the scenes being filmed that day. There was one small hiccup with the extras he found — a language barrier. They were Aramaic speakers — Assyrian Christians from Iraq. “Lebanon is a

Keeping it clean

The Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA) recently published a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) related to potential offshore oil and gas activities. RPS Energy Ltd., a multinational energy resources and environmental consultancy company, initiated the study in October 2011 and completed it five months later. RPS will continue to provide consultation to the Ministry of Energy and