Beirut, 29 October - A workshop jointly organised by the Ministry of Industry and the European Union-funded regional project “Enhancement of the Business Environment in the Southern Mediterranean” (EBESM) took place in Beirut on 29 October. It was held under the auspices of H.E. Minister of Industry Dr Hussein Al Haj Hassan, and in the presence of Head of the Sustainable Development Section at the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon Mr Marcello Mori.


This public-private dialogue mechanism (PPD) includes representatives from three main sectors, namely the information and technology (IT), electronic boards, and aromatic herbs sectors, as well as representatives from other line ministries involved in export promotion issues, such as the Ministry of Economy and Trade, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Finance, the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform, and the Customs Authority. It also includes private sector representatives such as the Association of Lebanese Industrialists, Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture and business incubators among others. Its general aim is to enhance the business climate and consequently the competitiveness of the Lebanese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)  through a  continuous process of reform involving joint public and private initiatives.


The workshop has gathered around 30 high-level groups of experts and relevant representatives from the public and private sectors, including Mr. Dany Gedeon, Director General at the Ministry of Industry and Mr. Fadi Gemayel, President of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists.


The workshop focused on the architecture of this PPD mechanism and the layout for a structured dialogue between parties concerned, based on EU good practices in this domain. It also discussed the six-month agenda and the proposed action plan during which the PPD structure will be completed, the reform process initiated and the instruments to evaluate results put in place.  The proposal is based on the results of the consultations, interview and focus group meetings conducted with main stakeholders.


The Lebanese authorities aim at strengthening and institutionalising a structured dialogue between the public and the private sectors to boost exports. This PPD mechanism should allow Lebanese industrial SMEs to develop their export capacities and increase the value added of their products and services on international markets.



 “Enhancement of the Business Environment in the Southern Mediterranean” (EBESM). is a €3m, 3-year regional project funded by the European Union and implemented by GIZ.



This workshop was based on the results and recommendations of the 2014 Assessment of the Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) in the Southern Mediterranean Region and in particular on SBA principles 3 and 4:  Think Small First and Public administration responsive to SME needs.  The assessment was undertaken by the European Union, the OECD, the European Training Foundation and the European Investment Bank in 2014 within the framework of Euro-Mediterranean industrial co-operation.

For more information, see the three presentations held during the seminar :

1. PPD Context and Objectives EN
2. PPD Architecture EN
3. PPD action plan EN