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The Chairman of IDAL, Eng. Nabil Itani discussed with the Ambassador of Rwanda to Lebanon, Williams Nkurunziza, the enhancement of bilateral relations. He stressed the need to take joint steps between IDAL and the Investment Promotion Agency in Rwanda, such as the organization of bilateral economic workshops in order to explore opportunities of cooperation and promote and facilitate investments between the two countries. He called for opening the Rwandan market to Lebanese products and establishing business partnerships. Ambassador Nkurunziza stressed the necessity of benefitting from Lebanese expertise in many fields, especially industry and agriculture (apples and grapes). He said that Lebanon is bursting with opportunities that can be exploited to develop Libano - Rwandan relations.
In the framework of supporting the promotion and the marketing of Lebanese agrofood industries, the Chairman of IDAL Eng. Nabil Itani, delivered a check of the approved amount covering IDAL contribution at Gulfood to the President of the Syndicate of the Lebanese Food Industrialists (SLFI) Mr. Ahmed Hoteit. Eng. Itani said that this sector is very promising and must be provided with means of support, in order to help in the promotion of its production abroad and access new markets. He noted that this sector boosts many advantages that helped in achieving a quantum leap, constituting 2.6% of the GDP. Hoteit explained that the support allows the participation in the exhibitions under a unified Lebanese pavilion in order to market the production of each company as well as promoting the name of Lebanon as a leading producer.
In cooperation with the TUV office, IDAL organized an info session on "The Tracking System for Agricultural Products and its Role in the Penetration of International Markets" at the CCIAZ. Chairman Nabil Itani stressed the importance of the tracking system as it governs each stage and each phase of product processing and packaging, to ensure good management of food safety. He declared that the year 2016 is an achievement in itself for the agricultural sector, as we have been able to stop the decline in the volume of exports occurred in the previous years. The Agri Plus figures were maintained at the recorded level in 2015, with agricultural exports reaching 350,000 tons.
IDAL participated at the First Conference of Local Development in Iklim El- Kharroub held at the BAU premises in Debbyeh. Chairman Nabil Itani, stressed the need to implement the comprehensive development plan, developed for the region, by providing it with all means of success: exploitation of assets and natural resources, enhancement of the economic and social impact of the proposed projects, mobilization of the manpower potentials and energies, and activation of the economic link with its expatriates spread in the countries of the world and encourage them to contribute to development.
The Union of Municipalities of Iklim Al Kharoub honored Mr. Itani during the conference in recognition of his efforts and IDAL`s support for the development projects in the region.