Minister of Industry, Wael Abou Faour, at his meeting with UN Resident Representative in Lebanon Philipe Lazzarini that "the international organizations and agencies of the United Nations operating in Lebanon have not yet fulfilled their promise of giving preference to the industry in their purchases. This is a negative sign vis-a-vis the national economy and the Lebanese Society."
Abou Faour called on Lazzarini to direct the concerned parties towards this course, "because an increase in the value of these purchases will have positive impacts on the Lebanese industry and the national economy as a whole."
Lazzarini, in turn, pledged to follow up on the matter and inform Minister Abou Faour of the outcomes of his contacts. He explained after the meeting that "the purchases of international organizations in Lebanon amount to two hundred and fifty million dollars annually, in addition to what is spent on the sectors of education, medicine, hospitalization and direct cash funding for Syrian refugees."
"International organizations in Lebanon are investing more than $ 1 billion a year in the benefit of the Lebanese economy. We are working with Minister Abou Faour to make the industrial production sector more profitable," he said.
Source: National News Agency