Duquesne visits Hariri: Elaborate at the CEDRE Conference the new social contract between international community and Lebanon

Mon 05 Mar 2018 at 20:33 Politics

NNA - The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri received this afternoon at the "Center House" the French interministerial delegate to the Mediterranean, Ambassador Pierre Duquesne, in charge of the preparations of the CEDRE conference, accompanied by the French ambassador to Beirut, Bruno Foucher.

At the end of the meeting, Duquesne said: "We are pursuing the preparation of the CEDRE conference with a first step tomorrow March 6 which is the meeting of the enterprises. I remind you that theCEDRE conference means Economic Conference for Development through Reforms and with Enterprises, so the second E refers to the private sector since in the investment plan proposed by the Lebanese government there are many investments that are profitable and need to be conducted with the companies.

At the same time, these companies need to be reassured about the regulation of the sectors in which they operate, the modernization of texts that are sometimes very old, etc. So there is a lot of work besides investments, that is to ensure that these investments are put in place in the best possible regulatory environment. We talked about that, and we
talked in general about the preparation of the April 6 conference, in one month and one day, on which the government is working to present two sets of documents: the investment plan itself and I now believe that there is an agreement between the political forces but it must be concretized, and secondly its economic vision and the sectoral reforms that I talked about, in a broader macroeconomic way, which should be implemented since there is a time when this government has started to do things and must continue to do so.

The central idea is that at the Paris conference we can elaborate what I want to call the new social contract between the international community and Lebanon because we all want to help this country, that deserves it on one hand, and that plays a role of stability in the region on the other. And aat the same time for this aid to be effective and well used, it must come in an environment of reforms, not necessarily painful, but a modernization of the economic life of the country.

So that's it mostly, but when you say in any country the word reforms, people sometimes understand sacrifices, but they are not necessarily sacrifices, they are changes and updates that are necessary and from time to time you have to do this work and there is a moment in Lebanon to do them."

In response to a question, he said that tomorrow's meeting will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in the presence of the prime minister, the governor of the Central Bank, more than 500 people and himself.


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