LDE 2017

Dear Lebanese, Dear Descendants,
Here we are, together for the fourth year, preparing for the Lebanese Diaspora Energy 2017 to witness a new Lebanon, a new Phoenix rising from the ashes youthfully, full of energy, determination and hope.
As I promised you, you were always our priority and the everlasting source of richness and pride. The journey of your success that we are celebrating continues to flourish, yet our efforts to engage you in Lebanon's future is being enhanced and followed thoroughly in order to fulfill and accomplish our governments obligations towards you.
With the elections of a new President of the Republic and the set of a new government, we offer you a startup plan for development and a strong back up of stability while other resources are awaited to be explored.
After three successful major LDEs in Beirut, and three regional LDEs held in New York, Sao Paolo and Johannesburg; the bet is more secured that your participation is worthy to deliver a strong message that we are united and engaged to build a nation crowned by Lebanity and vested by achievements, excellence and creations, where there are no boundaries to our dreams and where Lebanon can be seen again as a sovereign, free, and independent country: a final homeland for all its citizens.
I look forward to seeing each and every one of you in Beirut in May 2017!
Long live Lebanity
Long live Lebanon
Following the same footsteps as previous editions of Lebanon Diaspora Energy Conferences, the 4th edition of LDE will endeavor to further strengthen ties between Lebanese across the world. This year, Lebanon will be portrayed as the beating heart that pumps the blood of life to the entire world; the successful Lebanese Diaspora. On May 4, 5 and 6, 2017 and under the High Patronage of the President of the Lebanese Republic General Michel Aoun, H E Minister Gebran Bassil invites Lebanese across the world to find their way back home again, bearing success stories, initiatives and a lot of love to share with their fellow countrymen. This high-caliber yearly event has become known internationally especially that many regionals were held in cities across the world mainly in New York, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg.
The Lebanese Diaspora Energy (LDE) is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants in 2014 under the tenure of Minister Gebran Bassil. The Lebanese Diaspora Energy works to accomplish many goals and objectives.

The first objective is to celebrate the Diaspora's success stories throughout their journey in different countries.

The second objective is to promote the Lebanese heritage by spreading Lebanese culture, traditions and vision throughout the world.

The third objective is to establish connections between the diaspora and the residents, thus providing a chance to share experiences, enhance relations, and ablish business and social connections.

The fourth objective is to explore new possibilities and opportunities, where together, Lebanese residents and expatriates can restore the image of Lebanon and the world's trust in the economy of the country.
  • The inaugural Lebanese Diaspora Energy (LDE) edition took place from May 30 till June 1, 2014 and was attended by more than 500 invitees from different parts of the world.
  • The second edition of LDE was held from May 21 till May 23, 2015 attracting more than 1,300 attendees from 73 countries. "We Are Lebanon" was the core theme and message of LDE 2015.
  • LDE's 3rd edition, attended by more than 2,000 people, was held on May 5, 6, and 7, 2016 and focused on investment opportunities in various regions and celebrated the achievements of numerous projects by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants.
In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants held three regional LDE Conferences in locations where the Lebanese Diaspora is mainly concentrated: North America, Latin America and Africa. These editions further consolidated the work done by LDE and the Ministry throughout previous years, and paved the way for LDE 2017 and other regional editions.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Location: BIEL- Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center
Friday, May 5, 2017
Location: BIEL- Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center
Saturday, May 6, 2017
8:00 - 10:00
Registration and morning coffee - Exhibition area open
8:00 - 9:00
Registration and morning coffee - Exhibition area open
9:00
Departure from hotels by buses
10:00 - 11:15
Official opening ceremony
ROOM A ROOM B 10:00 – 10:45
Meeting with the President of the Lebanese Republic Group photo
11:30 - 12:45
DIASPORA DIPLOMACY AT THE SERVICE OF NATIONALITY:
CASES AND PROCEDURES
This panel will gather major leaders of Lebanese community and presidents of Lebanese clubs and associations to better understand Lebanese diaspora groups and activities in theworld through visualization and data analysis. It is a platform engaging the connections, the social and cultural diaspora manifestation and the identity and nationality cases. It sums up Lebanity. Emphasis will be given also to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants' projects in this context (Lebanese Diaspora House and Lebanese Diaspora School.)
9:00 - 10:30
BANKING AND FINANCIAL SYSTEMS: A PERMANENT DEVELOPMENT IN INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
discuss the cooperation between Central Bank, private banks and financial institutions to launch new strategies of a permanent development. It is a networking platform to benefit from expertise and create mutual national and transnational opportunities. Panelists will also tackle prospective job opportunities and the role of banks and financial institutions in expanding those opportunities to a larger talent pool in Lebanon and worldwide.
9:00 – 10:30
HEALTHCARE AT THE SERVICE OF HUMANITY: THE LEBANESE MODEL
This panel will gather successful doctors from Lebanese descents who have achieved an outstanding career and who also, above all, have contributed in many humanitarian projects in Lebanon and around the world. Lebanese and international health NGOs will be also present to share their experiences and their achievements. This panel's aim is to discover and praise these NGOs and find opportunities to team together.
11:00
Departure to Batroun
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch at venue - Open to everyone
10:30 – 12:00
DIASPORA ECONOMIC FORUM: A DIALOGUE WITH DREAMERS
International-Lebanese Chambers of Industry and Commerce around the world, presidents of Lebanese economic associations and clubs abroad and businessmen with their local partners in Lebanon to discuss how they can forge efforts for a better economic collaboration between Lebanese around the world for the best interest of all and for the best interest of Lebanon.
10:30 – 12:00
WHY BUY LEBANESE?
Lebanese products are quality focused topped with creativity and fancy taste!!! From food products, jewelry manufacturing, to furniture... Lebanese products are proving to be compared with top European and Northern American goods. This panel will shed light on the competitive edge of the Lebanese product with testimonials from worldwide references.
We want Quality.. We search for Taste... We need Creativity.. We Buy Lebanese.
12:00 - 13:30
Official inaugural ceremony of:
American-Lebanese Diaspora House
Emirati-Lebanese Diaspora House
Canadian-Lebanese Diaspora House
Brazilian-Lebanese Diaspora House

The launching of:
Mexican-Lebanese Diaspora House
African-Lebanese Diaspora House
15:00 – 16:15
LEBANESE DIASPORA POLITICAL FIGURES
This forum aims at highlighting the contributions of Lebanese Diaspora Politicians such as ministers, deputies, governors, mayors and high ranked statesmen and officers working in international institutions and organizations and launching a permanent dialogue among them to promote the culture of tolerance and shared living that Lebanon plays as a mission.
12:00 – 13:30
LEBANESE CONTRIBUTIONS IN TECHNOLOGY
The world have gone through several industrial revolutions, the fourth one being the most important. Thus, this panel will shed lights on the fourth industrial revolution that emphasizes the technological evolution in all sectors (healthcare, engineering, industry, banking and finance, etc.) The purpose of this platform is to highlight the role and impact of the Lebanese diaspora in this revolution and to discuss how Lebanon has been part of it and how it has been affected across several governmental and nongovernmental sectors.
12:00 – 13:30
LEBANESE BRAIN POWER: SUCCESSFUL INVESTMENT IN MANKIND
Lebanon has always been recognized for its brain power and educated talented young people. Unfortunately most of these are emigrating looking for better social and economic opportunities abroad. This panel will give the opportunity to an elite of young Lebanese graduates, from major universities, to share their innovative and brilliant ideas or projects with the Lebanese diaspora, and to put their talents and know-how at the service of anyone interested. This is how dreams come true.
14:00 – 16:00
Traditional Lebanese lunch at BATROUNIYAT hosted by Minister Gebran Bassil
16:15 – 17:45
CONNECTING LEBANON AROUND THE WORLD- MEDIA FORUM
This Forum will gather experts from diverse Media, Entertainment and Communication organizations to discuss how to better converse with the diaspora and how to best use the most effective techniques to reach the diaspora abroad. It will focus on print and broadcast media outlets, mobile technologies, advertising, social media and the internet and it will tackle the impact and potentials they have for diaspora communities around the world. The main question would be how to best converse with these dynamic, diverse groups of Lebanese around the world so that they have a voice and contribute to their country of Origin.
14:00 - 15:30
Lunch at venue - Open to everyone
20:30
LDE Gala Dinner - Hilton Grand Habtoor Hotel
Honorees and Awards Diversified entertainment program featuring Lebanese talents
16:00 - 17:30
Official closing ceremony
Conclusions
Honors and awards
20:30
"THE LEBANESE DREAM" musical
concert - Casino Du Liban

Venues

BIEL Center (Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center), 4th 5th and 6th of May 2017.

Emirates Hall, HILTON BEIRUT HABTOOR GRAND.

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