BEIRUT, 24 March 2011 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and its partners in Lebanon today delivered new equipment worth some USD 300,000 to factories in the southern suburbs of Beirut that were affected during the July 2006 conflict.
The action was part of the "Lebanese Agro-Industrial Support and Economic Recovery Project" (LAISER) funded by Lebanon Recovery Funds (LRF), and implemented by UNIDO in close cooperation with the Ministry of Industry.
The LAISER project assists the Government of Lebanon in the process of rehabilitating selected Agro-industrial enterprises working in manufacturing areas such as food, textile, leather and furniture making in the southern part of Lebanon, enabling them to resume production and integrate their products into the global market.
During the second phase of the project, 41 small and medium businesses benefited from the support provided, in terms of equipping, supporting civil works in addition to training and capacity development activities.
The Minister of Industry, Apraham Dedeyan, who attended the event, praised the progressive cooperation with UNIDO and highlighted the major achievements of phase II of the project.
The Director General of the Ministry of Industry, Dany Gedeon, said that the Ministry has immensely contributed to the development of industrial sector in Lebanon and work is in progress to monitor and develop industrial potential and resources in Lebanon.
The UNIDO Representative in Lebanon, Khaled El-Mekwad, confirmed the continuous support UNIDO provided to the beneficiaries, adding that “the twinning collaboration with the Ministry is fundamental to put into operation the sustainable industrial development targets and explore modalities to replenish additional funds.”
Monique Feinberg, Head of the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator, praised the efforts of UNIDO in implementing the LAISER project and indicated interest in replicating such outcomes.
Al Wadah Shami, the owner of Shami textile trading company, thanked UNIDO for its technical support and capacity development services, adding that he is now more confident the company could advance productivity and penetrate the European market.
Jihad Sadaka, the owner of Sadaka Sweets, said his enterprise benefited from capacity development activities, specifically through the programme provided for the technical upgrade, to comply with the food safety management system and the implementation of the international standards of hygiene and sanitation practices. The enterprise will be awarded the ISO 90001 certificate soon.
Sadaka added that the application could not be completed without the water treatment system that was provided by UNIDO, which helped in applying cleaner production at his premises.
The project proved successful and resources have been mobilized to proceed with phase III, funded by the Government of Italy wherein enterprises from the north of Lebanon will be supported in addition to the Bekaa Valley and South of Lebanon.
For more information, please contact:
Khaled El Mekwad
UNIDO Representative in Lebanon