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The unsuspected juggernaut

Our private sector is what really drives this country

by Yasser Akkaoui

There’s a parallel space we Lebanese have learned to operate in — a place where the crooks in power have no influence. In that space, we’ve flourished in 2014. Our banks are strong, our entrepreneurs are maturing, our design space is expanding and our industrialists are investing in mechatronics, putting the country on a path toward creating a more productive economy. Our central bank governor stepped in to lead and push the economy forward, ensuring this year once again proved the cliché about Lebanese resilience — even as our politicians ignored their responsibilities and did nothing to promote growth.

Our private sector is what really drives this country, and we’re confident it will continue to do so in 2015 and beyond. Lebanon has its problems, for sure, and they need to be addressed. Our elected officials can’t agree on a president — hell, they can’t even agree on 24 hours of electricity — but there are determined minds like ours fighting to make this country a better place. We will ultimately win, and when we do, nothing will be able to stop us.

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Yasser Akkaoui

Yasser Akkaoui is Executive's editor-in-chief.
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