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Ban of import of cloths, food from Turkey to support domestic industry

29-5-2018

The Lebanese Cabinet in its last session on May 21 has approved measures to protect the productive sectors based on a memo from the minister of economy Raed Khury, Al Diyar reported today. Khury identified in his letter the challenges and hitches facing the industrial sectors, including the imbalanced competition by goods imported from specific countries, notably Turkey. Thereafter, since Lebanon has no trade agreements with said country that ban taking any measures to restrict importation, the government decided to disallow the entry from Turkey of certain items, namely, biscuits and wafers, cleaning material and detergents and burghul. The Lebanese Customs were also requested to strictly monitor specific items in terms of evasion of customs duties, like for example, egg cartons, fluting papers, testliner paper and semi-chemical fluting paper, in addition to used clothing for environmental and health reasons. Commenting on the decision, the president of the Lebanese Industrialists Association, Fadi Gemayel, described it as a bold step, noting that the industry sector is a catalyst for all other sectors and generates jobs. On the other hand, the ministry of industry submitted yesterday to the general secretariat of the presidency of the council of ministers a proposal to establish an advisory group for national dialogue between the private and public sectors. The projected mission of the group targets mainly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to first: improve the business environment, second, increase productivity and exports and finally to upgrade the quality of goods and marketing through adopting the concept of specialization and integrated manufacturing inside Lebanon and within the Euro-Mediterranean region. The Cabinet is expected to issue a decree to this effect. To note also, a sub-steering committee will be set up to draw the policies for the private-public sector dialogue; follow up the requisites for the dialogue and make the necessary recommendations, and build relations to advance the exchange of information as well as, trade relations with industrial bodies in foreign states aimed to develop markets and facilitate joint production relations. (Al Diyar, An Nahar, Al Mustaqbal, May 28, 2018)

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