Presidency of the
Council of Ministers
We met a Chinese delegation from the Ministry of Commerce to boost trade and economic relations and look into FDI computation methodologies. Mr. Itani emphasized on the fact that the economic relations between Lebanon and China are not recent and that Lebanon was the first Arab country to sign a treaty with China 60 years ago.
IDAL sponsored the “Beirut Film festival”, which was organized between 12 and 18 March 2015. This sponsorship fell within the framework of the support that IDAL can provide to the media sector in Lebanon, aiming at raising awareness about the services it can offer.
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As part of IDAL’s strategy to support the growth of the ICT sector and improve its competitive advantages, IDAL partnered with the UNDP’s TOKTEN project “Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatiates Nationals” and the Ministry of Economy, and Berytech, to provide mentorship to selected companies operating in the field of applied sciences and software. This is part of a series of mentoring sessions that the group mentioned above is planning to organize within the coming year. The 1st mentorship session took place with Steven Bathiche, currently Director of Research at Microsoft Corp.'s Applied Sciences Group,
The session took place on February 16, at Berytech.
During the mentorship session, Steven Bathiche talked about his experience in Microsoft Corp. and introduced the new strategic trends in IT and shed lights on projects that Microsoft is currently working on. Going forward Steven would be interested in mentoring Lebanese startups working in the field of co-locating display and sensing technologies (his current technical focus).