Business meeting to gather Lebanese diaspora
26 de julho de 2016
São Paulo – The Lebanese International Business Council (LIBC) is set to host the Immigrants’ Reunion 2016 on August 9 in Beirut. The event will bring together Lebanese and expatriate businesspersons and organizations.
“We will discuss topics that concern the Lebanese community outside of Lebanon,” says LIBC president Nassib Fawaz. Created in 1999, the LIBC is a non-profit organization whose goal is to gather Lebanese executives and entrepreneurs around the world. It has developed a business platform to promote Lebanese-managed businesses.
According to Fawaz, speakers at next month’s event will include officials from the Bank of Lebanon, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of interior and Municipalities.
The agenda will cover how expatriates can claim or reclaim Lebanese citizenship; voting rights to expatriates and how they can vote in the Lebanese elections; how safe it is to keep money in Lebanon while away; and investing in Lebanon’s tourism industry.
Questioned as to how he sees the ties between the Lebanese community in Brazil and in Lebanon, Fawaz claims that “they could definitely be stronger.” The executive notes that in 2003 he attended a conference in Brazil alongside the Lebanese prime-minister Rafik Hariri and the former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. “We signed several agreements involving airlines, tourism, and donations of buildings to house culture centers,” Fawaz recalls, regretting that the projects did not carry through.
“There is ample room for improvements,” says the LIBC’s president, adding that Brazilian and Lebanese entrepreneurs could do more to foster ties between both sides.
He also claims that action must be taken by the Lebanese government to warrant the trust of foreign investors.
“When it comes to investing in businesses, safety comes first. Guarantees must be provided that one’s money is safe. Secondly, the government must make sure that the country’s laws are fair and swift to all those involved. These are the most important things,” he ponders.
The LIBC first started to hold conferences for the Lebanese diaspora in 2003 with the Planet Lebanon event. This year, it hopes to bring together 250 people.
Lebanese descendants in Brazil who wish to attend can send an email with their name and phone number to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org by or before August 5.
LIBC will get back in touch to confirm registration. The event is cost-free. For additional information call +961 1 366053.
*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum