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Agro-food industry appeals for protection from imports and foreign labor


A delegation from the syndicate of agro-food establishments in Lebanon represented by Arslan Sinno, Ahmad Hoteit and Claude Baqalian visited President Michel Aoun yesterday demanding protection of the food trade and manufacturing industry. This includes protection from dumping by a number of countries which leads to inequitable competition with the Lebanese food sectors in general and the vegetable oil and mills sectors in particular. The delegation also pressed for the enforcement of protective fees on targeted varieties that results in an unrealistic increase in imports, or to allow the Lebanese establishments to work without hindrances and therefore continue to provide prospects for the local labor force. Aoun, in turn, promised to follow up the delegation’s requests, stressing the need for preventive measures to cut the competition of foreign labor and to end the dumping of the local markets. (Al Diyar, May 3, 2018)

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