LEBANESE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE BRIEFS LATIN AMERICAN AMBASSADORS ON SOUTHERN LEBANON CRISIS

The Lebanese Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Committee, chaired by MP Fadi Alameh, on Wednesday convened a session attended by ambassadors from Latin American and Caribbean nations. The meeting aimed to brief these diplomats on the current situation in …


The Lebanese Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Committee, chaired by MP Fadi Alameh, on Wednesday convened a session attended by ambassadors from Latin American and Caribbean nations. The meeting aimed to brief these diplomats on the current situation in southern Lebanon, emphasizing the economic, social, health, agricultural, and environmental repercussions of the ongoing Israeli conflict.

Following the session, Alameh stated, “The committee has initiated a series of meetings with Lebanon’s diplomatic friends and missions to inform them about the conditions in Southern Lebanon and the impact of the Israeli war on its citizens.”

Moreover, Alameh noted that scientific reports prepared by the Council of the South and the National Council for Scientific Research were presented to the attending ambassadors. Representatives from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, and eight other nations received detailed accounts of the 5,069 recorded attacks as of June 5, a number that continues to rise.

Alameh also hi
ghlighted that, according to the reports, 28,875 people have been displaced as of June 5, with 98% relocating to Beirut and its suburbs. This displacement includes approximately 22,876 families fleeing the bombardments.

The reports also indicated severe disruptions in the education sector, with 75 public and private schools halting operations.

Alameh then conveyed concerns raised by the attendees regarding the impact on Lebanon’s educational standards. Furthermore, the reports documented significant agricultural damage due to the use of phosphorous and incendiary bombs, affecting over 1,682 hectares of land. Estimates suggest that around 12,000 hectares of agricultural land will be impacted, posing long-term challenges requiring substantial rehabilitation efforts to restore productivity and mitigate negative effects on the national economy.

“Today’s meeting received positive feedback from the diplomatic corps and delegations from Latin America and the Caribbean. This session is part of a series of ongoing
meetings. Next week, we will meet with ambassadors from Asia and Australia, followed by discussions with representatives from Europe, America, the UK, and Arab nations,’ Alameh said, emphasizing that the presented reports are continuously updated, ensuring that new data is shared with diplomatic missions to highlight the plight of Southern Lebanon.

“Unfortunately, international media often focuses on the settlers, numbering around 60 to 70, while we have over 87,000 Lebanese displaced. The international community must recognize the gravity of this issue,” Alameh concluded.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOPS ON LEBANON’S NATIONAL DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION STRATEGY WIND UP

Wednesday marked the conclusion of a series of consultative workshops focused on digital identity and electronic signatures, held as part of the implementation of Lebanon’s National Digital Transformation Strategy.

The workshops, inaugurated yesterda…


Wednesday marked the conclusion of a series of consultative workshops focused on digital identity and electronic signatures, held as part of the implementation of Lebanon’s National Digital Transformation Strategy.

The workshops, inaugurated yesterday at the Grand Serail under the patronage of Prime Minister Najib Mikati and organized by Minister of State for Administrative Development, Ambassador Najla Riachi, aimed to advance Lebanon’s digital transformation agenda.

The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Saadeh Al-Shami, representing Prime Minister Mikati, along with ministers, parliamentarians, senior officials, IT experts, and a delegation from the World Bank led by Jean-Christophe Carret, the Regional Director for the Middle East.

In his address, Minister Al-Shami emphasized the importance of achieving digitalization as part of a comprehensive reform package aimed at building a modern digital state. He highlighted the challenges that have hindered investment in technology and infor
mation sectors, including economic conditions and significant declines in public sector salaries. Despite these challenges, he acknowledged the efforts of the Ministry of State for Administrative Development, under Minister Riachi, in laying the foundation for digital transformation in collaboration with local specialists and international partners, notably the World Bank.

Minister Riachi, in her opening remarks, discussed the pervasive role of digital transformation in daily life through the reliance on technology. She emphasized the benefits of leveraging information technology in public administration to enhance the quality, accuracy, and speed of public services, combat corruption, and achieve sustainable development.

Riachi then cited examples from countries that have successfully implemented digital transformation in their public sectors, benefiting both citizens and public service employees, noting that the Ministry of Administrative Development is currently working with international partners, parti
cularly the World Bank, to develop a prioritized implementation plan for the national digital transformation strategy. This involves technical consultations with experts and stakeholders across government ministries, institutions, and the private sector.

In turn, Jean-Christophe Carret outlined the objectives of the two-day consultative workshops, which included engaging local and international experts to support the Ministry of Administrative Development in crafting an actionable plan for the digital transformation strategy. The workshops featured contributions from World Bank experts, as well as specialists from both the public and private sectors, facilitating the exchange of experiences and best practices to ensure the effective implementation of digital transformation and address associated challenges.

The first workshop centered on digital identity, while the second brought together Lebanese and international IT experts to discuss the significance of electronic signatures for official documents and el
ectronic transactions.

Representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Industry, and the Central Bank participated in interactive discussions on the use of electronic signatures in public sector transactions.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

COUNCIL OF MINISTERS TO CONVENE IN SESSION ON FRIDAY

The General Secretary of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday announced in a memo that a Cabinet session will be held next Friday at the Grand Serail.

‘In adherence to Constitutional Articles 62 and 64, and as a follow-up to our memorandum numbered …


The General Secretary of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday announced in a memo that a Cabinet session will be held next Friday at the Grand Serail.

‘In adherence to Constitutional Articles 62 and 64, and as a follow-up to our memorandum numbered 801/M.S dated 6/14/2024, the Council of Ministers, in its caretaker capacity, will convene a session at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2024, at the Grand Serail, to discuss the topics listed in the previously distributed agenda.’

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

BERRI BROACHES DEVELOPMENTS, GENERAL SITUATION WITH MPS JIHAD AL-SAMAD, WILLIAM TAWK

House Speaker, Nabih Berri, on Wednesday received at the headquarters of the Second Presidency in Ain al-Tineh, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Defense, Interior, and Municipal Affairs Committee, MP Jihad Al Samad.

Discussions reportedly touched on…


House Speaker, Nabih Berri, on Wednesday received at the headquarters of the Second Presidency in Ain al-Tineh, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Defense, Interior, and Municipal Affairs Committee, MP Jihad Al Samad.

Discussions reportedly touched on the general situation, political developments, and legislative affairs.

Speaker Berri later received in Ain al-Tineh, MP William Tawk, with whom he broached the current general situation and legislative affairs.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

MIKATI HOLDS DIPLOMATIC MEETING AT GRAND SERAIL OVER SOUTH LEBANON DEVELOPMENTS, MEETS WITH QATARI AND UK AMBASSADORS, MP TAWK, RECEIVES ELECTRICITY OF FRANCE DELEGATION

Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, on Wednesday held a series of diplomatic meetings at the Grand Serail, over the current situation in Lebanon and the region, and the efforts made to stop the Israeli aggression on southern Lebanon.

In this cont…


Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, on Wednesday held a series of diplomatic meetings at the Grand Serail, over the current situation in Lebanon and the region, and the efforts made to stop the Israeli aggression on southern Lebanon.

In this context, the Prime Minister held a wide meeting with the ambassadors of the European Union countries, which included: the European Union Ambassador Sandra De Waele, and the Ambassadors of Austria René Paul Amry, Belgium Koen Vervaeke, Bulgaria Iassen Tomov, Czech Jiri Dolezel, Denmark Christopher Vivek, Finland Anne Meskanen, France Hervé Magro, Germany Kurt Georg Stoeckl-Stillfried, Greece Despina Koukoulopoulou, Hungary Ferenc Csillag, Italy Fabrizio Marcelli, the Netherlands Hans Peter van Der Woude, Poland Przemyslaw Niesiolowski,, and Romania Radu Katalin Mardar.

The Chargés d’Affaires of the Embassies of Cyprus, Slovakia, and Sweden were also present.

The meeting was devoted to discussing the security developments in the south and the impact of the Gaza war o
n stability in Lebanon.

Discussions also touched on the economic and administrative reforms in Lebanon, whereby ambassadors expressed their countries’ readiness to assist Lebanon in this regard.

The meeting also dwelt on the Syrian refugees’ dossier and its repercussions on the Lebanese situation as a whole.

On the other hand, Premier Mikati met at the Grand Serail with Qatari Ambassador to Lebanon, Saud bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani, over the latest political developments and the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Mikati later welcomed British Ambassador to Lebanon, Hamish Cowell, with whom he discussed the bilateral ties between Lebanon and the UK.

The Prime Minister then received MP William Tawk, who said on emerging that “the discussion touched on the security developments in the south, in addition to the political situation and developmental affairs related to the Bsharri region.”

Mikati also received at the Grand Serail a delegation from the Electricity of France.

Source: National News A
gency – Lebanon

BASSIL MEETS NEW UN SPECIAL COORDINATOR FOR LEBANON ON ACQUAINTANCE VISIT

Head of the Free Patriotic Movement, MP Gebran Bassil, received on Wednesday the new UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, who paid him an acquaintance visit upon assuming her duties in Lebanon.

Talks reportedly focused on t…


Head of the Free Patriotic Movement, MP Gebran Bassil, received on Wednesday the new UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, who paid him an acquaintance visit upon assuming her duties in Lebanon.

Talks reportedly focused on the presidential election file and the issue of the Syrian displacement in Lebanon.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon