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The Business and Financial Forum "Future Prospects for the Lebanese Economy"

From:13 Jan 2010 - 09:00 AM To:      14 Jan 2010 - 03:00 PM
Country:Lebanon Place:Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel

Event Description

            In line with our efforts to organize economic conferences aiming at positively addressing current issues and seeking tangible accomplishments towards improving the Lebanese economy, the Business & Financial Forum is glad to announce its upcoming forum:

The Business & Financial Forum “Future Prospects for the Lebanese Economy”

To be held on Wednesday, Thursday 13 & 14 of January 2010 at the Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel-Beirut.

The forum will discuss the following topics:


·        The Capabilities of the Lebanese Economy

·        Existing Investment Opportunities

·        Role of the Banking Sector in Economic Growth

·        Developing and Financing the Diverse Sectors

·        Establishing a Successful Business Environment


Participants in the forum are potential investors as well as acclaimed Lebanese and Arab businessmen who have already invested in Lebanon. Ministers and specialists from both the private and public sectors will also participate in the discussions.

The forum also aims at reviving the economic cycle at all levels (real estate development, tourism, technology, communication, alternative energy and other production sectors) through listening to the arguments and suggestions of participants in order to encourage them to invest in Lebanon and highlight the obstacles that face their initiatives.

Event Agenda

Day One: Wednesday January 13, 2010


9:30 – 1015: Official Opening Session

-          H.E. Mr. Saad Hariri, Lebanese Prime Minister

-          H.E. Mr. Mohammad Al safadi, Lebanese Minister of Economy and Trade

-          Dr. Joseph Torbey, President of  the Association of Banks in Lebanon & WUAB

-          Mr. Fadi Saab, Secretary General – Lebanese Economic Forum(Forum Coordinator)

-          Mr. Rafik Zantout, Chairman – Confex International


10:15 – 10:45 : Coffee Break


10:45 – 12:15 : First session: the Optimistic Lebanese Economy

-          H.E. Mr. Fadi Abboud, Lebanese Minister of Tourism

-         Mr. Issa Abdul Salam Abu Issa, Chairman - Al Salam International

-         Mr. Elie Wakim, Chairman & CEO – M.I.F. SA

-         Mr. Amr Farid Zedan, Chairman & CEO – Zedan Group Holding

-         Mr. Salah Al Mayyal, Chairman & GM Tharawat Real Estate


12:15 – 13:45 : Second session: Existing Investment Opportunities

-          H.E. Mr. Yassine Jaber, Deputy & Former Minister of Economy and Trade

-          Eng. Nabil El Jisr, Chairman – Council of Development and Reconstruction

-          Mr. Georges Zard Abou Jaoude, Chairman – Lebanese Canadian Bank

-          Mr. Hisham Itani, Chairman – Inkript

-          Mr. Akram Miknas, Chairman – Promoseven Holdings


14:00   Business Lunch


Day Two: Thursday January 14, 2010


10:00 – 11:15 : First Session: Role of the Banking Sector in the Economic Growth

-          H.E. Dr. Jihad Azour, VP & Senior Executive Advisor – Booz & Co

-          H.E. Mr. Haroutiun Samuelian, Deputy – Lebanese Central Bank Governor

-          Mr. Saad Azhari, Chairman and General Manager – BLOM Bank

-          Dr. Khater Abi Habib, Chairman – Kafalat

-          Dr. Fouad Matraji, General Manager – Arab Finance House


11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break


11:45 – 13:00 : Second Session: Developing and Financing the Diverse Sectors

-          Mr. Pierre Achkar, President - Lebanese Hotel Association

-          Mr. Mohammad Choucair, CEO – Patchi

-          Mr. Georges Chehwan, Chairman  - Plus Properties

-          Dr. Marwan Barakat, Chief Economist & Head of Research Department – Audi Saradar Group

-          Mr. Oussama Kabbani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director – Millennium Development Holding


13:00 – 14:00 : Third Session: Establishing a Successful Business Environment

-          Mr. Fadi Saab, Head of the Business development – BBG

-          Mr. Samir Mirza, Vice President – Lebanese Society for Quality (LSQ)

-          Mr. Nassib Ghobril, Board Member – Lebanese Transparency Association (LTA)

-          Mr. Maxime Chaya, Corporate Embassador – Bank Audi sal

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