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New concrete steps to develop Tripoli SEZ

25-1-2019

As parts of the on-going efforts to develop the Port of Tripoli and the Special Economic Zone, SEZ, the minister of public works, Yousef Finianos, discussed yesterday with the director of the Port of Tripoli, Ahmad Tamer, SEZ CEO, Raya Hassan, and the prime minister’s advisor for the North, Abdel Ghani Tabbara, ways of envisaging an economic strategy for the North which boasts many logistic locations with the Port of Tripoli and the various facilities and harbors. Hassan clarified that in the beginning, a protocol of cooperation, integration and coordination will be signed between SEZ and the Port of Tripoli. On the other hand, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Tripoli and the North, Toufic Daboosi, in his participation in the recently held Arab Private Sector Forum, spotlighted sn smbitious national, regional and international investment project that will focus on the Greater Tripoli area. The said economic venture aims at expanding and the current Port of Tripoli facility some about 20 kms north towards Akkar while linking it with the Rene Mouawad Quleiat Airport, Daboosi explained. He added that linking the port to the airfield also covers the oil refinery in Al Badawi. Daboosi pointed out that linking the Port of Tripoli with Quleiat Airport is not only a vital economic investment project, but also will trigger off deep social transformations involving the entire North and will positively impact the national economy in general. In the same vein, the largest Russian oil producer, Rosneft, reportedly signed a 20 year long agreement with the Lebanese ministry of energy to take on the management of the oil storage terminal located in Tripoli. (Al Diyar, An Nahar, Al Mustaqbal, January 20, 2019)

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