On September 30, 2022, the RDCL, an association of business people who share the same vision of the Lebanese economy, organized a roundtable to discuss the keys to recovery and the means to revitalize Lebanon’s tourism sector.
During the session, which was held at ESA Business School (Clemenceau, Beirut- Lebanon), with the support of USAID’s Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) project, Nicolas Boukather, president of RDCL, introduced the audience to the ASPIRE project and its objectives, stressing the importance of cooperation between economic organizations. Joe Boulos, head of the RDCL Tourism GPA (Group for Proposition and Action), explained the group’s vision, mission, objectives and its short- and long-term action plan, ensuring collaboration with tourism syndicates and influencers. The roundtable was moderated by Dr. Sami Nader, RDCL lead technical expert and the BIEE technical lead, in partnership with TIF.
Members of RDCL, representatives from the Lebanese private sector, the tourism industry, USAID and TIF took part in the discussion, along with a group of archaeologists, tourist guides and VIPs, such as: Tony Ramy, president of the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafes, Night-Clubs and Pastries in Lebanon; Micheline Touma, president of the Union Vinicole du Liban; Jean Beiruti, secretary general of the Federation of Tourism Syndicates; and Ghassan Moukheiber, a lawyer and former MP.
The attendees unanimously agreed on the importance of maintaining communication and working hand in hand in order to kick-start the national economy and stimulate investments in this field.
The session formed part of a series of activities organized with USAID by TIF, aiming to improve the business and investment environment of the Lebanese private sector in various fields, addressing important issues and challenges, as well as the economic repositioning of Lebanon.
As the country is in critical need of a new direction and assistance to reboot and drive new investments, the Lebanon Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) is multiplying its efforts to boost and facilitate investment in Lebanese enterprises and improve its business and investment environment.