Lebanese Diaspora Energy

LDE OCEANIA 9, 10 MAR 2018

Registration Visa Issuing

Dear Fellow Lebanese,
Citizens & Descendants
Residing in Oceania

I am honoured and glad to launch the first edition of the Lebanese Diaspora Energy Conference in Oceania.
The LDE concept emerged as a Lebanese dream to strengthen bonds between the Lebanese diaspora and the land of their ancestors, Lebanon. Your presence in Oceania has prompted us this time to orient the LDE compass in your direction and sail to Australia with the aim of bringing Lebanon closer to you.
Believing in the contributions of every citizen from Lebanese origin abroad makes us eager to consolidate our Lebanese identity at every LDE event. We are proud to put forward during LDE Oceania the Lebanity concept and introduce the Lebanese nationality redemption law to eligible beneficiaries. The LDE conference is a comprehensive platform that blends together the nostalgia for Lebanon with the variety of awaiting collaboration fields in health care, education, trade, investment and many more.
You, members of the diaspora in Oceania, have mirrored the good image of Lebanon and its culture, endured hardships, thrived and never forgotten your origin. I hope this experience will set precedence for future LDE conferences and contribute to preserving and nurturing the ties between you and Lebanon.
Welcome to LDE Oceania 2018. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know your thoughts and suggestions from the forum!

GEBRAN BASSIL Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants

Friday, March 9 , 2018
Doltone House, Australian Technology Park, Exhibition Hall
2 Locomotive Street (Bay 10 - 14) Eveleigh NSW
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Doltone House, Australian Technology Park, Exhibition Hall
2 Locomotive Street (Bay 10 - 14) Eveleigh NSW
17:30 - 18:30 Registration 09:00 – 10:00 Registration
18:30 – 19:30 Official Opening Ceremony 10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1: Lebanity Between the Past and Present
The long-standing Lebanese presence in Oceania has taken shape through several waves of migration from Lebanon throughout the last few decades of the 19th Century. Having members of the Lebanese diaspora in the world far away from the land of their forefathers, does not exempt Lebanon from welcoming and facilitating their return or nurturing close bonds with them. This panel aims to give insight into the implementation of the Lebanese Nationality Law and explain the importance of helping Lebanese emigrants find their ancestral origins and reclaim their citizenship. In addition, the panel features youths of Lebanese background and gives them the floor to express their thoughts, needs, concerns, and expectations, in a bid to bridge gaps between them and Lebanon and develop their attention to their ancestors’ homeland.
20:00 Gala Dinner 11:30 – 13:00 Panel 2: Shedding Light on Investment Opportunities Between Lebanon and Oceania
The communities of Lebanese background in Oceania play an important role in Lebanon’s relations with the region. Yet, special care should be given to the field of investment in order to draw additional foreign direct investments in both directions. As Lebanon is set to start the phase of oil and gas exploration, the eorts resulting from the Lebanese government’s attempts to maintain political stability and the developments witnessed in the private sector, demonstrate that Lebanon is still an attractive country for investment. This panel provides a platform for businessmen, entrepreneurs, and government institutions from both sides to explore boundless mutual opportunities.
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Panel 3: Lebanon and Australia – Towards Stronger Trade Relations
Underpinned by strong connections due to the wide presence of a successful Lebanese diaspora in Australia, Lebanon enjoys friendly bilateral relations with Australia. Trade exchange is one of the important facets of those relations; it needs to be expanded and constitutes a fertile field to invest in. For the purpose of enhancing further the solid relations existing between Australia and Lebanon, LDE Oceania 2018 allows the Australian and Lebanese entrepreneurs, traders and businessmen to engage in developing this field through pursuing means to facilitate issues related to customs laws and regulations, transfer of funds, transport, insurance, delivery and receipt operations.
14:30 – 16:00 Panel 4: The Australian Model and Educational Exchange
Australia is a leading country in the world of educational research and development and is known for adopting new technologies at a faster rate than most other countries in the world. Hence, one of the biggest draws for international students interested in studying in Australia is the quality of scientific research. For all that, many students and Lebanese youth have followed the path of their Lebanese peers to seek better opportunities. In the light of that, this panel stresses the importance of fostering academic cooperation/partnership and student exchange between both countries to keep up with the latest developments.
16:00 – 17:30 Panel 5: Health Care – The Lebanese Doctor in Australia
One of the characteristics of Lebanon is its permeating presence in the world and the reflection of this presence on the various fields of work in which its citizens have engaged. The thriving field of medicine in Lebanon meets the success of the Lebanese doctors abroad who moved to study in the most prestigious universities of the world and eventually settled in their respective countries of study. The aim of this panel is to seize collaboration opportunities between the health researchers and doctors in both countries, taking advantage of the leading role that Lebanon occupies in the Middle East region in the field of healthcare and sharing the latest medical and biotechnological developments in this domain.
16:00 – 17:30 Panel 6: Lebanon and Oceania – A Story of Cultural Heritage and Social Ties
Among emigrant communities from the Middle East, the Lebanese diaspora in Oceania represents the largest single community. Hence, the cultural and social ties between Lebanon and Oceania have been underpinned by the contributions made to the region’s social and cultural life by the Lebanese diaspora. Yet, Lebanese migrants have always thought to maintain contact with their roots in Lebanon. Arising from the need to revive the rich cultural heritage of Lebanon, this panel sheds light on ideas and initiatives targeting cultural and social exchange between Lebanon and Oceania.
17:45 - 19:00 Closing Ceremony – Recommendations, Honorees and Awards