Lettre

Lettre du Ministre

Chère Diaspora libanaise
Chers invités d’honneur et participants,
C’est un grand honneur et privilège de lancer sous le Haut Patronage de S.E. le Président de la République Libanaise, le Général Michel Aoun, la 6 ème édition locale de la Conférence de la LDE à Beyrouth, la capitale du Liban et sa Diaspora.
Au cours des six dernières années, le Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et des Émigrés a accordé une grande attention à la diaspora, la considérant comme un de ses piliers principaux et a adopté un nouveau dynamisme pour renforcer les liens unissant le Liban et sa Diaspora.
À mes concitoyens qui ont parcouru le monde; au nom du gouvernement libanais, nous vous souhaitons la bienvenue et reconnaissons votre engagement à consolider les relations entre la Diaspora et le Liban par votre présence ici et à toute conférence tenue à l'étranger. Votre présence prouve votre loyauté inébranlable et votre engagement envers votre patrie. Les précédentes conférences et mes propres voyages à de nombreuses communautés de la Diaspora m'ont permis de vous rencontrer et de ressentir l'affection profondément enracinée et l'espoir que vous avez toujours pour le Liban, le pays que vous aimez et que vous appelez « patrie »! Je sais également, grâce aux nombreux courriels et messages sur les réseaux sociaux, que vous souhaitez participer au processus de développement que le Liban est sur le point d’entreprendre.
Je suis ravi de vous annoncer que le thème de cette année dépasse les sentiments inconditionnels d'amour et d'affection que nous ressentons envers le Liban et vise à mettre la "Diaspora en Action" afin de transformer les défis auxquels le Liban est confronté en opportunités et de vous engager dans le processus de réforme et de développement du Liban. Je serai ravi de voir que le processus de participation changera, pour passer du simple transfert de fonds à une diaspora pleinement active et engagée.
La Conférence de cette année concorde avec les plans stratégiques nationaux de développement et de réformes. C’est un appel pour que vous unissiez vos forces et récoltiez le succès de nos efforts mutuellement enrichissants visant à faire progresser le Liban et à créer une prospérité pour tous les Libanais.
Continuons à se "Connecter et Collaborer pour la Croissance". Bienvenue au Liban, la terre que nous aimons profondément et sincèrement.
Au plaisir de vous voir prochainement !
GEBRAN BASSIL
Ministre des Affaires Étrangères et des Émigrés

Program

Event's Program

08:00 - 10:00 REGISTRATION AND MORNING COFFEE


10:00 - 11:15 Official LDE 2019 Opening Ceremony


11:30 - 12:45 SESSION 1 : Session 1 – Diaspora & National Identity

-Citizenship Law and rights
-Building a national Lebanese identity- “Lebanity”- in Diaspora communities.
-Lebanese by Nature, Proud by Choice- Testimonies


13:00 – 15:00 LUNCH: The Tastes from Lebanon Part 1

Lebanese Hospitality is world-famous and delights visiting tourists every year.
In collaboration with the Lebanese Franchise Association (LFA), the LDE lunch will be catered by a diverse selection of Lebanese restaurants and caterers, where you can enjoy fresh produce, traditional eating habits, regional specialties, and a rich culinary culture… there are many good reasons to come and appreciate the best of the Lebanese Hospitality
You have the possibility to meet with representatives of these restaurants and import these franchises to your country of residence.


15:00 - 16:15 Session 2 –Reconstruction & Modernization of the Mashreq

-Opportunities in the Levant region.
-Lebanon as a hub for international reconstruction efforts.
-Boundless opportunities for the Lebanese Diaspora to partner with international stakeholders for reconstruction efforts.
-Integrated and holistic approaches to restore infrastructure and services at all levels.


16:30 - 17:45 Session 3 – Foreign Trade & Services: Lebanon as a Platform

-Role of the Diaspora in promoting Lebanese products overseas and establishing supportive and efficient channels to facilitate Lebanese exports to the world.
-Opportunities for the Lebanese Diaspora to invest in innovative developments to boost Lebanese products and aim for excellence in products to be exported.


20:30 – 23:30 The Art of Lebanon: Private Reception Party

Lebanon is famed for its thousand-year old craftsmanship handed down through generations. Come and experience traditional Arts and Crafts, practiced in a live setting by the finest artists and craftsmen in Lebanon.
The evening will be entertained with international music and buffet, in an outdoor setting, under the starry skies.

08:30 – 09:30 Registration & Morning Coffee


09:30 – 11:00 Start-up Competition

Since the future revolves around youth and technology, LDE is keen on offering young entrepreneurs the chance to share their start-up projects with a wider audience, in an effort to bring together stakeholders from Lebanon and the Diaspora. The Lebanese start-ups will pitch their ideas to a jury of experts, and the winners of this competition will receive a cash prize to boost their projects and to promote and foster a wider business collaboration, paving the way to new initiatives and successful business collaborations.


11:00 – 12:30 Ask the Government

An open platform giving the Diaspora a way to connect with political representatives in the government, thus offering them a means to voice their concerns and engage in issues of prime importance to them.


12:30 - 14:00 LDE Business Forum

Meet and convene with your peers in various sectors (finance, energy, healthcare, tourism etc.) by evaluating your compatibility and sourcing needed services or materials with potential partners, with the aim of establishing strategic partnerships and international Lebanese business networks.


12:30 -14:00 Parallel activity LDE Talks

Revolving around the success stories of Diaspora, LDE Talks offer high achievers in the Diaspora the opportunity to tell their story, make their voices heard, and share their experience, along with their trials and tribulations. In 7 to 10 minutes, each speaker will thus offer a pool of lessons and experiences to be learnt from.


14:00 – 15:30 Lunch: The Tastes from Lebanon Part 2


15:30 – 17:30 The Workshops: Towards Lebanon 2020

Workshop 1: Track-two Diplomacy- Lobbying for Lebanon
-Bringing together a number of high-level actors in the Diaspora in various fields.
-Exploring ways in which these actors can play a role in track-two diplomacy.
-Creating a track-two diplomacy roadmap to be followed up in collaboration with Lebanon’s missions overseas.
Workshop 2: The Role of Lebanese Diaspora in promoting and Developing “The Lebanon Brand”
-Role of the Lebanese Diaspora, in promoting Lebanon as a unique nation and its mission in the world
-Opportunities that the Lebanese Diaspora can create in highlighting the Lebanese heritage of tolerance and dialogue
-Mission of the Lebanese Diaspora in presenting the best image about Lebanon and leverage their networks to promote Lebanese products and services
Workshop 3: Destination Lebanon: Let’s make it! Developing coordination between the Lebanese Tourism Industry and the Lebanese Diaspora with the objectives of breaking the record number of visitors to Lebanon in 2019 and 2020.
Creating an Ambassador Program where Lebanese professionals such as professors, physicians, CEOs etc. (MICE) bring new conventions and congresses to Lebanon in addition to creating opportunities for medical tourism in Lebanon.
Exploring ways to attract the Diaspora on a regular basis throughout the year.
Workshop 4: Lebanese Women and Youth: The Power of Change
Setting the roadmap to establish the International Network of Lebanese Women Leaders.
Exploring ways in which Lebanese women can enhance their economic skills to achieve economic and financial independence.
Setting the roadmap to establish the International Network of Lebanese Youth.
Enabling the Next Generation of young Leaders who strive to affect ambitious social, political and economic change.


20:30 – 00:00 Official Closing Gala Dinner

17:00 – 18:30 Leave your Mark at the Lebanese Diaspora Village:

Want to hear stories of immigration and discover the past and present of Lebanese Diaspora?
Want to discover the diversified culture and traditions of emigration countries?
Want to enjoy refreshment drinks in a traditional setting on the main square?
Come, learn, discover and contribute to the Lebanity around the world!


19:00 – 23:00 Sunset by the Sea

A Lebanese Sunset at the Batroun Port, where everyone enjoys food and drinks, in an oriental ambiance set by the Amazing George Nehme.