LDE Latin America 24, 25 Nov 2017


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Dear Lebanese and Descendants in Latin America,
The second edition of the Lebanese Diaspora Energy (LDE) for Latin America will be held on the 24th and 25th of November 2017 in Cancun, Mexico.
During the LDE Conference of May 2017 that was held in Beirut, the first decree, opening the door to those in Latin America to recover their right to the Lebanese Nationality, was signed.
The LDE aims to bring together the Lebanese Diaspora for them to get to know each other and work together to strengthen the link between the Diaspora and Lebanon.
This Congress will be a great opportunity for you to meet with members of the Lebanese government, representatives of the public and private sectors, bankers, businessmen, academics, and artists, among others.
The participation of each and every one of you is valuable to transmit a strong message of union and commitment in order to build a homeland distinguished by its Lebanese people and a nation of achievements, excellence, and creations.
LDE Latin America invites you to register and join us in this memorable experience in connecting to the homeland.
Long live Lebanity!
Long live Lebanon!
The Lebanese Diaspora Energy (LDE) is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants in 2014 under the tenure of Minister Gebran Bassil. The Lebanese Diaspora Energy works to accomplish many goals and objectives.

The first objective is to celebrate the Diaspora's success stories throughout their journey in different countries.

The second objective is to promote the Lebanese heritage by spreading Lebanese culture, traditions and vision throughout the world.

The third objective is to establish connections between the diaspora and the residents, thus providing a chance to share experiences, enhance relations, and ablish business and social connections.

The fourth objective is to explore new possibilities and opportunities, where together, Lebanese residents and expatriates can restore the image of Lebanon and the world's trust in the economy of the country.
  • The inaugural Lebanese Diaspora Energy (LDE) edition took place from May 30 till June 1, 2014 and was attended by more than 500 invitees from different parts of the world.
  • The second edition of LDE was held from May 21 till May 23, 2015 attracting more than 1,300 attendees from 73 countries. "We Are Lebanon" was the core theme and message of LDE 2015.
  • LDE's 3rd edition, attended by more than 2,000 people, was held on May 5, 6, and 7, 2016 and focused on investment opportunities in various regions and celebrated the achievements of numerous projects by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants.
In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants held three regional LDE Conferences in locations where the Lebanese Diaspora is mainly concentrated: North America, Latin America and Africa. These editions further consolidated the work done by LDE and the Ministry throughout previous years, and paved the way for LDE 2017 and other regional editions.

FRIDAY, November 24, 2017 SATURDAY, November 25, 2017
17:00 - 18:30
Official Opening Ceremony
Get Connected Platform
09:00 - 10:15
Buy Lebanese: The Way to Commerce, Industry and Trade
This is a networking platform to discuss areas of commerce, industry and trade and to follow up with intra-national chambers of commerce and trade on promoting a mutual cooperation where Lebanese Products are considered first, a focal point as part of National Patrimony and second a Lebanese trademark able to compete through Lebanese communities consumption as well as foreigners appreciation for Lebanese Cuisine, arts and designs.
20:30 - 00:00
Mexican Night

Traditional Mexican Dinner and Concert in Open Air
(Casual Dress Code)
10:15 - 12:00
Roads to Investment Opportunities among Lebanese at Home and Abroad
This session aims to highlight investment projects or plans led by Lebanese at home or abroad. Potential of benefits is high and promising especially in sectors such as real estate, infrastructures, fintech, IT, gas and oil and electricity as well as renewable sources of energy among others.
12:00 - 13:00
The Political and Social Context for Lebanese in Latin America
This panel will focus on the role of political Lebanese figures in Latin America and in the contributions, they are making towards the Lebanese communities in their respective countries. It will discuss the achievements, expectations, and hopes.
13:00 – 14:00
Education and Culture: Eyes of the World
This session will recognize the main role of education and culture in preserving the bonds with Lebanon and it will discuss investment opportunities in those areas by welcoming new projects like Lebanese schools abroad, learning the Arabic Language, writing and reading to get connected with the homeland, and promoting the good image of Lebanon.
14:00 – 15:00
Lunch
(Open for all)
15:00 - 16:30
Lebanese Nationality: Executive Phase of Lebanity, and Economic Incentives for Those who Get it.
This panel will discuss a road map for Latin America where main players are involved in common efforts to reach every beneficiary of the restoration law. Panellists will be representatives of Diaspora institutions, Diaspora clubs, prominent members of communities and religious figures to discuss how to better enhance and encourage the process while defining role and purpose of each with the assistance of Lebanese missions abroad. This session will feature live testimonies from those who acquired their nationality, and an overview on the economic incentives for those who get this nationality.
16:30 - 18:00
Tell Your Success Story
Come, share your story, and meet with others successes. This session will honour those Lebanese figures who raise the flag high and make us proud of their achievements. Floor is open for all.
20:30 - 00:00
LDE Official Gala dinner: Traditional Lebanese Night
Closing Ceremony and Honours (Official Dress code)

Venues

MOON PALACE RESORT, CANCÚN, MEXICO

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