Lebanon 2019

There is a common saying among Beirut's expat community that goes something along the lines of: “If you can understand Lebanon, you can understand the world.” No country can boast the cultural diversity or match the historical complexities of Lebanon. Diversity permeates the political tissue of the country as well as its business environment, with members of varying cultures, creeds, and beliefs living together on a geography of just 10,500sqkm. Tradition and the status quo are often perceived as insurmountable barriers to progress, with the political and economic situation chained to a balance of power that, if altered, risks triggering the end of this delicate balance.

The Business Year's country-specific publications, sometimes featuring over 150 face-to-face interviews, are among the most comprehensive annual economic publications available internationally.

This 172-page publication covers green economy, finance, oil and gas, industry, IT and telecoms, transport, construction, real estate, health, education, luxury retail, and tourism. The report features dozens of interviews, including:

  • Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon
  • Mansour Bteish, Minister of Economy and Trade
  • Fady Jreissati, Minister of Environment
  • Riad Salamé, Governor, Banque Du Liban (BDL)
  • Joseph Torbey, President, Association of Banks in Lebanon (ABL)
  • Walid Nasr, Chairman of the Board, Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA)
  • Georges Rbeiz, General Manager, Diageo
  • Adel Afiouni, Minister of State for Investment and Technology Affairs
  • Hisham Itani, Chairman & CEO, Resource Group (RGH)
  • John Chedid, Country Manager, DHL


The publication also features a range of articles and analysis, including:

  • Toward a stable Levant
  • Lebanon's economic vision
  • Electricity sector reform plan
  • Youth and finance
  • Electronic trading platform
  • Gasifying Lebanon
  • Family businesses
  • The tech start-up scene
  • Port of Tripoli
  • Housing loans
  • Technology in schools
  • Lebanese fashion