“Lebanon would cease to exist if it weren’t for you and us. We are Lebanon!” - H.E. Minister Gebran Bassil

LDE Europe April 2018

Diaspora Projects by the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants

“Keep that flame of love for Lebanon alive in your heart, while keeping your success in the diaspora.” – H.E. Minister Gebran Bassil

  • Lebanon Connect
  • Invest to Stay
  • Lebanese Schools
  • Diaspora Houses
  • Buy Lebanese / From the Heart of Lebanon
  • Diaspora Cedar
Lebanon Connect, Bringing Lebanese Together.
If there is something we can say about the Lebanese Diaspora, it is their story of success!
It is no secret that Lebanon has more of its descendants living abroad. Driven by their Phoenician ancestors’ wanderlust, the Lebanese traveled the globe and are today among the most successful immigrants in the world. Yet, wherever they are, the Lebanese always remain in touch with their kin.
Launched in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Lebanon Connect is an initiative aiming to connect the Lebanese living abroad to promote and foster economic and business opportunities between the Lebanese communities around the world. An innovative online and mobile platform, Lebanon Connect seeks to use digital technology to establish an active and effective international Lebanese lobby, while providing Lebanese professionals with the ability to promote and endorse their businesses, events and products.
In the future, Lebanon Connect looks on to become a platform on which Lebanese from around the world can get acquainted, interact, meet, acquire news, stay updated, purchase Lebanese products and inquire about any compatriot or business in the same geographical area. For more information and to download the application please Click Here
The Invest to stay program is based on the support of Lebanese expatriates who invest in touristic, economic, construction, and social projects in their countries of residence. The involved entrepreneurs/developers would hire workers of Lebanese origin and import products or materials from Lebanon to the greatest possible extent, while channeling 20% of their profits to investments in Lebanon.
The Lebanese Schools project emphasizes the common interest between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to establish Lebanese schools in the Diaspora countries. The schools would follow the overall typical Lebanese curriculum and educational methods normally followed in Lebanon.
This is a touristic and cultural project that includes the restoration of numerous ancient houses, to serve as a cultural hub and place of gathering for both emigrants and locals. It brought together many nationalities and helped them working together and exchanging ideas in a geographically small place but boundless with its significance. The result of this great effort resides in its cultural importance through the continuous setup of festivals, forums, and the participation of other countries with the hope of boosting cultural exchange. So far 5 houses were opened and some others are in the restoration process.
Buy Lebanese is an awareness initiative to effectively support local Lebanese produces and preserves, thus transporting the authentic taste and heritage of Lebanon around the world. The initiative aims to strategically promote manufactured and agricultural products through local and global campaigns, while supporting related projects and programs along the process.
Given that the Cedar is Lebanon’s most sacred national symbol, the "Lebanese Diaspora Cedar Project" was created to allow Lebanese in the Diaspora to grow their very own Cedar tree in their homeland. Adopters would give their name to one of several Cedar trees planted in the Diaspora Cedar Land in Shatine- North Lebanon, with the hope to have other Diaspora Cedar Lands all over Lebanon. We started with 200 trees in 2014, and we aim higher every year… For more information please Click Here
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 establish 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.

Celebrating the Diaspora

LDE seeks to celebrate the success stories of select Lebanese expatriates, and motivate them to stay connected. The event’s conference will tackle issues concerning the Lebanese Diaspora and the establishment of effective means to maintain a close connection to their homeland. It is a gateway to return to their roots, which mostly marked the beginning of their journey to success.

Promoting the Lebanese Heritage

LDE is keen to highlight Lebanon’s cultural spark around the world through the different fields. It aims to promote Lebanon’s special imprint in the evolution of human civilizations throughout history,while working towards maintaining the special Lebanese essence among nations, which blends the nobility of heritage and the glamour of modernity.

Establishing Connections

LDE constitutes a tie of interest alongside its emotional aspect. It is a chance to share experiences, enhance relations, and establish business and social connections. The event seeks to form a network of successful people of Lebanese origins worldwide, in order to spread and diversify their domains of action on the individual, national, and international levels. LDE 2016 will feature a special B2B online platform where people can meet bilaterally or in groups to share experiences and discuss opportunities.

Exploring New Possibilities

LDE is a patriotic initiative designed to support Lebanon. One of its objectives is to enact a more active diplomacy by revitalizing diplomatic efforts to enhance Lebanon'\s economy, while safeguarding our nationality, identity and culture. Together, Lebanese residents and expatriates can restore the world’s trust in the economy of Lebanon. On a more practical level, various on-ground projects have been promoted by the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants (Lebanon Connect, Learn Arabic, Diaspora House,Diaspora Museum, Lebanese School, among others), in order to implement a strong sense of belonging to Lebanon.

About Lebanese Diaspora Energy 2017

Following the same footsteps as previous editions of Lebanon Diaspora Energy Conferences, the 4th edition of LDE will endeavor to further strengthen ties between Lebanese across the world. This year, Lebanon will be portrayed as the beating heart that pumps the blood of life to the entire world; the successful Lebanese Diaspora. On May 4, 5 and 6, 2017 and under the High Patronage of the President of the Lebanese Republic General Michel Aoun, H E Minister Gebran Bassil invites Lebanese across the world to find their way back home again, bearing success stories, initiatives and a lot of love to share with their fellow countrymen. This high-caliber yearly event has become known internationally especially that many regionals were held in cities across the world mainly in New York, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg.

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