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Minister's Letter

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!


Event's Program

08:00 – 10:00: Registration and Morning Coffee/Exhibition Area Open

10:00 – 11:00: Official Opening Ceremony

11:00-12:30: Energy Sector: opportunities for partnership in Lebanon

This panel will present the opportunities to invest in the Energy sectors in Lebanon arising from the strategic plans of the Lebanese government. The Oil and Gas Sector presents promising prospects to explore. The climate and geography of Lebanon offer renewable energy sources as Solar and hydroelectric energy, the panelists will discuss opportunities for knowhow, investment, and exploitation.
The energy sector offers to the Lebanese Diaspora, its partners overseas, and the stakeholders in Lebanon immense investment and exploitation opportunities.

12:30- 13:30: Knowledge Economy: partnerships between the public, private, and educational institutions

This panel aims to define the best instruments to invest in prominent and endless human resources which kept Lebanon on international levels for decades. The panelists will present investment and cooperation opportunities on how to make Lebanon a center of talents and startups, in concert with the Lebanese Diaspora and their partners. The Lebanese Central Bank will present wide incentives to subsidize investments that affect the Knowledge Economy in Lebanon. The panelists will further tackle the role of educational institutions, research centers, and financial corporations in connecting people to achieve.

13:30 – 15:00: Lunch

15:00 – 16:30: Diaspora Institutions, role, opportunities, and prospects (including lobbying)

This panel will present potentials for Lebanese Diaspora institutions and figures in public affairs, education, culture, law, sciences, high-tech, sports and arts for further cooperation and achievement within the host communities as well as with Lebanon.
It will discuss tools to achieve success, organize a trans-national platform of cooperation and a network of information.
The panel will highlight the initiative to create the Emigration Supreme Council as an executive and consultative body for Lebanese governmental immigration policies and pressure groups.

16:30 – 18:00: Entertainment industry: partnership prospects and initiatives

This panel will explore avenues for cooperation and partnerships between Lebanese Diaspora talents in North America and Lebanon. It will further discuss initiatives to support the movie industry in Lebanon, as well as the incentives provided through the Central Bank for investments in the sector.
Panellists will also discuss the role of the Lebanese and pan-Lebanese media in North America and the branding of the name and image of Lebanon through different media outlets.

19:30 – 23:00: Official Gala Dinner

09:00 – 10:30: Banking and financial products and partnership opportunities in Lebanon, the US and Canada

This session will present and discuss the role of Lebanese banks and financial institutions in offering financial instruments and investment opportunities for the Lebanese and their descendants in the USA and Canada as well as Laws and regulations enhancing or hindering the flow of funds and circulation of remittances.
The panel will likewise shed more light on the subsidies offered by the Central Bank under circulars 331 and 416 making the financial products and services even more attractive to potential investors.
It will moreover discuss the Diaspora Fund initiative by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants.

10:30 – 11:30: Lebanity: Reacquiring the Lebanese Nationality

This session will present the executive phase of the Law of Lebanese Nationality Restoration. It will explain even further the process of reacquiring the Lebanese nationality.
The role of the diplomatic and consular missions will be discussed to explore means of becoming more efficient and effective for the proper registration of the Lebanese and their descendants abroad.
The session will further discuss the opportunities offered through private initiatives of diaspora institutions, religious entities, clubs, universities, schools and annual festivals held by community in marketing the new law as an appealing product in all aspects.

11:30-13:00: Social and Cultural Economy: opportunities and prospects

The panel will showcase different social and cultural initiatives in the USA and Canada, and explore means to develop it into economic opportunities for the Lebanese Diaspora and their interconnection with Lebanon.
It will further discuss avenues of cooperation between the Lebanese Industries, the Lebanese Diaspora, and their partners in North America.

13:00 – 14:30: Lunch

14:30 – 15:30: Closing ceremony

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


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