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Youth employment initiative in Tripoli

12-7-2019

With the support of the British Embassy in Lebanon, the March Association headed by Lea Baroudi, kicked off on July 10 from the Grand Serail the Beb el Dahab Construction (BEDCO). The project is a social initiative for contracting and construction aimed to create employment opportunities for marginalized youth in Jabal Mohsen and Bab el Tabaneh in Tripoli. On the occasion, Baroudi spoke about her career in the Northern capital which started with a successful play and was followed by the launch of a cultural café that brought together the young people of Tabaneh-Jabal Mohsen. And now, the BEDCO project which revived some 300 shops, streets and public spaces after years of conflict and destruction. BEDCO director, Musaab Saeed, outlined the details of the project which provides contracting services at affordable prices and high-end technology, sustaining that the proceeds will go to other development initiatives in the city, particularly in Tabaheh-Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods. For his part, prime minister Saad Hariri, said the initiative was implemented by a woman. “The conflicts might have abated, but we must make young men and women communicate and get to know each other,” Hariri said, stressing that BEDCO should be classified as part of the CEDRE projects. Similarly, British Ambassador, Chris Rampling, stated that BEDCO was an idea before it materialized into a project, noting that Tripoli is in dire need of jobs. (Al Mustaqbal, July 11, 2019)

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