Author Archives: Sami Atallah

Exports must be part of economic growth strategy

Exports must be part of economic growth strategy

Reading Time: 4 minutes Successive Lebanese governments have largely neglected the manufacturing sector. Policies were instead limited to a number of financing schemes, based on subsidized interest rates and several trade agreements with EU and Arab countries. Industrialists were left to contend with multiple challenges, including high production costs, inefficient provision of public services, and significant skills mismatch. Consequently,

Salary adjustment

Reading Time: 4 minutes So much has been said about the salary adjustment. While many people are opposed to it over the perception that it imposes higher taxes, public sector employees and teachers think that an adjustment is long overdue. For one, their salaries have been adjusted only twice — in 2008 and 2012 — since 1997, and these

Missed opportunities in Lebanon’s industrial sector

Reading Time: 5 minutes Lebanon’s productive sectors have been undermined since the end of the civil war in 1990. Like other marginalized sectors, the industrial sector has weakened, becoming a smaller proportion of the economy due in no small part to a history of missed development opportunities. To put this in perspective, the share of the industrial sector out

New strategy needed for Lebanon’s oil and gas

Reading Time: 4 minutes One of the key issues that Lebanon’s new government must address – and the list is long – is the two oil and gas-related decrees that have been collecting dust in the Council of Ministers (COM) for more than three years. Despite a relatively upbeat start, led by the Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA) in December

Rethinking governance

Reading Time: 3 minutes The recent garbage crisis has managed to expose a myriad of problems which exist in our political system. Among these is the failure of the government not only to properly deliver a basic service like waste collection, but to decide how to deliver such a service through a transparent, collaborative process. In other words, the

Beyond EITI

Reading Time: 7 minutes This article is part of Executive’s special report on the oil and gas sector. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   A paradox confronts countries endowed with oil and gas resources. Despite their riches, these countries tend to grow slower in the long term, have

Plan an oil and gas sovereign wealth fund

Reading Time: 3 minutes As part of Executive’s ‘10 Ways to Save Lebanon‘ issue, we asked leading experts from a range of fields to put the case for one major policy for the country. In this article, Sami Atallah from the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies discusses ways to protect the country’s offshore oil and gas wealth.   In

Regional councils can help Lebanon grow

Reading Time: 4 minutes Lebanon is presented with the most serious challenges it has faced in the past decade. The economy is struggling, the internal security situation deteriorating and the country’s neighbors pose real threats. But amidst everything, there are opportunities — not just in newfound offshore oil and gas but also within the country’s ingenious population. As we head into

Linking electoral and economic reform

Reading Time: 3 minutes The approval of the new electoral law based on proportional representation by the Council of Ministers, Lebanon’s cabinet, has the potential to be a historical moment but will most likely be cursed to an early grave. When it comes to a show of hands in Parliament, the Future Movement, the Progressive Socialist Party and the