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Boosting women entrepreneurship in agro-food sector

19-6-2020

The minister of environment and administrative development, Demianos Qattar, Wednesday visited the Agri-Food and CleanTech (ACT) Smart Innovation Hub in Lebanon launched back in January by Berytech and funded by the Netherlands. During his visit, Qattar said the main focus now should be on fast, feasible and cost-effective local initiatives which present a sustainable solution to a specific problem. Addressing the youth, Qattar said they are the glimpse of hope which will contribute to finding solutions to environment, agriculture and energy impasses. He stressed that Lebanon has always made a comeback supported by the robustness of the private sector. Similarly, the CEO of Berytech, Maroon Shammas, explained that the incubation and acceleration company currently adopts a sectoral approach to achieve economic growth through motivating innovators and entrepreneurs to invest in agri-food and clean energy industries. The present situation in the country, Shammas maintained, suggests the need to boost innovation and create jobs for the young generation, saying, “ the agri-food and clean energy sectors are a priority to Lebanon in which we invest willingly.” Recalling, that the duration of the ACT Smart Innovation Hub program is from September 2019 through August 2022, and consists of two acceleration programs, namely Agritech and Clean Energy. It aims to create around 200 direct and 400 indirect job opportunities with at least 50% targeting the youth and 25% women. (Al Diyar, June 19, 2020)

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