Hajj Hassan from Rome: We adhere to dialogue and openness

Mon 03 Apr 2017 at 13:32 Economy
NNA - Industry Minister, Hussein Hajj Hassan, headed a Lebanese delegation to the Italian capital of Rome to partake in the fourth MENA Regional Assessment Meeting on Empowering Capacities, particularly for women, on the path of sustainable economic development. The meeting is organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in cooperation with the Italian Development Agency for International Cooperation.

Delegations from Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco and Tunisia also participated in said meeting.

"Our presence today is proof of our adherence to dialogue, communication and openness for the sake of our people and societies," said Hajj Hassan.

"We, in Lebanon, are fully aware of the focal role the woman plays in society...and she has crossed milestones in individual, political, legal and administrative freedom."

The Minister spoke of the newly created ministry for women's affairs in Lebanon as a step towards rectifying any misgivings that negatively affected the development of women.

"There is still work to do at the level of new legislation that dedicated a female quota in Parliament and Cabinet, and on the level of social upbringing."

Hajj Hassan welcomed any future projects that could empower women's standing in Lebanese society, in coordination with his ministry, the Italian government and UNIDO, as well as other governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

"The economic situation in Lebanon is very difficult for men and women alike...but, we are hopeful that we will pass this phase with the concerted efforts of the Lebanese domestically and abroad and with friendly countries."


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