Economics & Policy articles

Economic and coronavirus crises threaten Lebanon’s already fragile food security

Economic and coronavirus crises threaten Lebanon’s already fragile food security

Reading Time: 7 minutes For almost anyone residing in Lebanon, trips to the supermarket have become laced with a vague sense of apprehension. The more privileged may wonder how much the price of their favorite brand of imported cereal is now (as prices have been inflating since the last quarter of 2019), or if indeed it is still found

Q&A with the team behind jobsforlebanon

Reading Time: 11 minutes They want to bring jobs to jobs-starved Lebanon. They also want to do something that has been tried many times and rarely been crowned by success: mobilize direct investments into Lebanon from the country’s large global diaspora. Specifically, they want to seed job investments—work opportunities that can be located anywhere in the world, yet be

Watch: Coronavirus Facts vs Fiction — Interview with Infectious Diseases Specialist Ramzi Saliba (Part 1)

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ramzi Saliba, infectious disease expert and program manager in humanitarian and emergencies based in Canada, interviewed on what coronaviruses are and why we need to practice social distancing to help flatten the curve. Interviewed by producer and host of Y Chats, Youmna Naufal.

Lebanon’s economy and industry suffer under coronavirus impact

Reading Time: 9 minutes When seeking to fathom how Lebanon’s pre-existing economic woes correlate to the newly unfolding global coronavirus recession, a first obstacle is posed by the extreme speed with which this recession is  unfolding. In February, and even earlier in March, international agencies, leading economic powers, financial institutions, and noted economists assumed that the virus’s impact might

Q&A with Fady Gemayel on the impact of the coronavirus crisis on Lebanon’s industry

Reading Time: 5 minutes To gauge the extent to which Lebanese manufacturing industry, an often overlooked but crucial driver of the economy, is being impacted by the current global coronavirus pandemic in conjunction with the previous difficulties in Lebanon, Executive conducted a phone interview with Fady Gemayel, president of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists. How is Lebanese industry coping

LAU study on COVID-19 spread estimates extreme social distancing could save 150,000 lives

Reading Time: 5 minutes On March 19, the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at the Lebanese American University (LAU) released the results of a study (see below) on the effects of different levels of social distancing on the number of COVID-19 related deaths by June in Lebanon. One note of caution for these figures is that the lack

Lebanese turn to distance learning amid coronavirus disruptions

Reading Time: 6 minutes We are in the midst of a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus that has swept across the globe is having far reaching ramifications for our health systems and for the global economy. For Lebanese students, though among the demographic least likely to suffer severe health consequences from contracting COVID-19, the impact has been immediate and

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