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Favouring domestic goods in public procurements


In a letter to the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the ministry of industry requested repeating the circulars to all public departments and municipalities to observe all legal texts advising the favouring of domestic products in all government procurement transactions. The ministry also demanded the issuance of a unified and updated decree covering all products proposed by the ministry according to the needs of the national industry and the local consumption market. It suggested raising the favouritism scale from 10% to 15% in prices over a period of years to assess results and take appropriate action needed. For his part, the new industry minister, Wael Abu Faour issued a decision yesterday calling for the formation of a joint committee from his ministry and the National Authority of the Litani River to survey and enforce environmental compliance of all industrial establishments around the river basin. On the other hand, the Beirut Land Customs Combat unit, upon instructions from the Customs general director, raided food warehouses in the area of Mount Lebanon and confiscated tons of foodstuff violating standards, in addition to a shelf life measuring apparatus and scores of adulterated cheeses. Nasser Haq and Ahmad Murtada were arrested for involvement. (Al Mustaqbal, An Nahar, February 21, 2019)

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