The President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri visited this afternoon the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Tripoli.
He was received by the President of the Chamber Toufik Daboussi and the members in the presence of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Special Economic Zone in Tripoli Raya Hassan.
On the occasion, Hariri delivered a speech in which he said:
"I thank the Tripoli Chamber of Commerce and Industry for this opportunity. Our project for the North is to pull it out of marginalization and economic deterioration. The cornerstone of motivation is to make a qualitative leap at the size of public investments.
Which means $ 3 billion investments in infrastructure for the North in the project that was presented to the donors and the private sector at the CEDRE Conference and we secured the funding for its first phase in Paris.
It also means attracting new investments for productive projects in a number of sectors for which the north and Tripoli present an advantage.
Tripoli has economic and human capacities that allow it to play an effective role in improving the economy and putting Lebanon back on the map of foreign and domestic investment.
Among the advantages of Tripoli is its strategic location and its proximity to the Syrian border. It has also the second largest port in Lebanon, which is witnessing the development of services and logistics, and a special economic zone under construction in addition to large facilities and a relatively economical labor force.
We want to turn the quality of graduates and the entrepreneurial culture of young people in Tripoli into a favorable environment for start-ups by launching the Knowledge and Innovation City at the Rashid Karame International Fair.
Our plan for Tripoli is founded on seven pillars:
First: A project to market Tripoli and return it to the tourist map on the local, Arab and international levels. You know the attempts to give it a color that it does not have. We have to erase this image.
Second: Enhancing the role of Tripoli as a logistics platform. Which means the completion of the project of the Special Economic Zone, the project of developing the Tripoli port for which the Capital investment program devoted 150 million dollars, the launching of the railway project between Tripoli and the Syrian border (90 million dollars in the CPI), and the rehabilitation and operation of the Rene Moawad Airport, (100 million dollars in the CPI).
Third: A favorable environment for start-ups through the establishment of Incubators/Accelerators which we have launched two days ago under the name "Booster 06" with a $ 5 million financing and the development of a technological platform, namely the Knowledge and Innovation City (ITC) in the Rashid Karame International Fair that will also host Data Centers and offices for leading local and international companies.
Fourth: Improving public services in Tripoli, Minnie and Denniye through fiber optic networks. Everyone in Lebanon deserves to benefit from Fiber optics and I asked minister Jarrah to start with the villages before the cities.
Fifth: Rehabilitating the old city in Tripoli to attract investments and tourists. What I did in the past few days was a lesson for me, regardless of the electoral results. Tripoli has history and vestiges and its limit is the sky. There is nothing that hinders Tripoli except politicians.
Sixth: Revitalize the Rashid Karame International Fair. We have one of the best fairs in the region and we manage it the old way.
Seventh: Initiatives to enhance professional and technical skills and prepare them for new sectors through Vocational Training Programs. This is part of what should be done in this city.
The implementation of these seven axes will enhance the role of Tripoli as a key economic center, will create thousands of jobs for Tripoli and its youth, will increase production in Tripoli and all of Lebanon and will contribute to the achievement of sustainable growth in Tripoli, and from Tripoli in all of Lebanon.
We started in the government to give incentives and we have to change some laws, especially since we have laws from the fifties that should be modernized".
Source: National News Agency