The path that we have started four years ago to connect the Lebanese Diaspora among them and with Lebanon in a synergy of mutual interests and benefits, opens a new chapter of success and sustainability.
LDE is embarking on its goodwill journey of the sixth Regional Conference worldwide and the second for Africa due to our joint efforts; and every time I become more confident that these renewable energies, enrooted in the world, are the powerful engines of the strength of Lebanon.
You, in Africa, have made the difference with urbanization and infrastructure development. Every field witnessed your abilities, this is why you are invited to participate and attend this Conference so we can listen to your suggestions and your concerns about the economy, notably the banking sectors, infrastructure and communications, technology, trade and services, culture and education with the aim of reaffirming together the endless possibilities of investments that can be tapped for our national benefit.
Today more than ever, we are expecting your wide participation to connect, seize the opportunities, create a clear set of goals and deliver the strong message that:
We stand here by your side, because together we are able to accomplish the impossible. We praise you for the decades of hard work and we are so proud of you and your achievements.
|Friday, February 2 , 2018||Saturday, February 3, 2018|
|10:00 – 12:00 Registration and Morning Coffee||09:30 - 10:45 Panel 1: North Africa- Capitalizing on the Cultural and Brotherly Ties for Better Economic Relations
A great opportunity for the Lebanese diaspora in North Africa is the fact that they live closer to Lebanon in cities that hold ties with Lebanon ever since the dawn of civilization. Promoting the cultural ties between Lebanon and the North African countries is essential to preserve the existing brotherly relations and lead ultimately to stronger collaboration in various aspects of mutual benefits such as trade, business, tourism and share of expertize. This panel will discuss the challenges of investing and the most prominent sectors for investment in Lebanon and in North Africa.
|12:30– 13:45 Official Opening Ceremony||10:45 – 12:00 Panel 2: East and South Africa- Building the Bridge
The Lebanese people residing in West and North Africa outnumber their fellows in South and East Africa. This panel addresses the incentives that can bring more Lebanese into south and East Africa to mirror the resonating success in the other sides of the continent.
South Africa among the other South African nations has proven to be a first regional power where investors from all around the world have started to keep a close eye on. Investors are finding great opportunities to fund a wide range of start-ups, such as businesses specializing in healthcare, crafts and communications technology. There has also been a movement to invest in “green” businesses, like renewable energy and sustainable technologies.
While East Africa countries are witnessing a growth in development and undergoing an economic revolution based on various resources and discovered riches that are still unexploited.
|14:00 - 15:30 Lunch||12:00 – 13:00 Panel 3: Lebanity- “Mode de Vie, a Lifestyle”
This panel will address the following issues:
|15:30 – 16:45 Panel 1: West Africa- Land of Ongoing Opportunities
West Africa is developing its trading system and is the EU's largest trading partner in Sub- Saharan Africa, as a result of the implementation of the economic partnership agreement EPA agreement with the EU. In the light of the development resulting from the application of this trading system the Lebanese Diaspora in West Africa is invited to explore the trading possibilities with Lebanon and propose agreements and the enactment of internal national laws to promote the trading and exchange of goods between Lebanon and the West African countries.
|13:00 - 15:00 Lunch|
|16:45 -18:00 Panel 2: Banking Sector- Infinite Opportunities, Evolutions and Visions of Cooperation in Africa
This panel will address the measures adopted by the banks who offer services to the Lebanese diaspora. Diaspora financing is an under-exploited resource. The challenges are in measures to be adopted in order to enhance the investment climate between Lebanon and African countries. This panel will promote legal instruments and laws protecting investors as well as the taxes on transactions. This shall contribute into a synergy of investments, a better flow of direct investments and funding which contributes to the mutual benefits of all stakeholders.
Here comes to play the role of the chambers of commerce, IDAL, the ministries at stake, the BDL and banks etc. in facilitating and protecting the foreign investments through legal instruments and laws.
|20:30 - 23:00 Gala dinner “ vibes of Africa and colors of Lebanon” closing ceremony recommendations , honorees and awards|
|20:00 Reception in Honor of H.E. Minister Gebran Bassil.The Lebanese cuisine “art and gourmet”|