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Lebanese Wine Day in America between November 16 and 20


Lebanese foreign minister Jibran Bassil announced in a press conference yesterday the participation of 26 local companies in the forthcoming ‘Lebanese Wine Day 2017’ to take place on November 16 and 20 in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. The event, to note, is organized by the ministry of agriculture in partnership with the American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). Bassil said Lebanon is able to increase its production of wine from 9 million to 100 million bottles every year, generating an extra USD 1 billion to the national economy, creating additional jobs and fostering tourism. Bassil disclosed that Lebanon has improved its export of wine in the past 4 years by 15%, noting that the sector needs a boost from the government in many areas. Similarly, the director general of agriculture, Louis Lahoud, said the launch of the Lebanese Wine day in the two US cities comes as part of the ministry’s plan to develop the sector which was kicked off 5 years ago with the support of the private sector. AmCham president, Salim Zeenni, said the event showcases one aspect of the Lebanese successes worldwide. For his part, the president of the Union Vinicole du Liban, Zafer Chawi, said this activity contributes to strengthening the role of Lebanon as a distinguished producer of wine, pointing out that the Lebanese wine today boasts high quality and promotes Lebanon’s name in more than 30 world states. To recall, the ‘Lebanese Wine Day’ was held for the first time in 2003 in Paris, followed by Berlin in 2014 and NYC in 2016. (An Nahar, Al Mustaqbal, November 2, 2017)

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