BEIRUT, 12 April 2011 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and its partners today delivered new equipment worth some USD 450,000 to factories in the south of Lebanon that were affected by the July 2006 conflict.
With the help of the Lebanese Agro-Industrial Support and Economic Recovery Project (LAISER) the country’s productive sectors, namely food, furniture making, leather and textile, have grown and flourished. A number of agro-industrial enterprises will also soon resume production and integrate their products into the global market.
The Minister of Industry, Apraham Dedeyan, who visited the enterprises, highlighted the continued support the Ministry is providing to Lebanese industries in collaboration with UNIDO.
“Since 2006, UNIDO has been helping rebuild the damaged industries and businesses, helping reduce poverty through sustainable industrial development in the south of Lebanon,” said UNIDO Representative in Lebanon, Khaled El-Mekwad.
He added that the LAISER project had an impact on most of the Lebanese industrial sectors and will continue providing support and technical assistance to local communities in the region.
Monique Feinberg, the Head of the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator, expressed appreciation for the results achieved, adding that the assisted enterprises have all remained in their localities and are operational again after been partially or totally damaged during the 2006 Lebanon war.
The Director-General of the Ministry of Industry, Dany Gedeon, pledged the Ministry’s support for development efforts and encouraged owners’ cooperation for achieving better results.
Ebaa Harb, the owner of “Harb Dairy”, thanked UNIDO for its technical support which enabled his company to resume production after it was shut down due to damage during war. He added that his enterprise benefited from capacity development activities, specifically through the programme provided for the technical upgrade, to comply with the food safety management system.
“UNIDO will continue to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in the south of Lebanon by drawing on its global resources and expertise,” added El-Mekwad. He said that UNIDO will also work with Italy’s Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria (ICU) to provide technical services to small and medium enterprises as well as to households in the South, the Bekaa Valley and North of the country, during the next phase of the project.
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Khaled El Mekwad
UNIDO Representative in Lebanon