Lebanon-UK Business & Investment Forum 2018

12th December, Central London

ABOUT THE FORUM

HE Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon will visit London in December 2018 accompanied by a high profile delegation, culminating in a business and investment forum aimed at fostering and developing the bilateral relationship between the two countries. The forum will allow a platform for investors and businesses to engage with Lebanon on recent developments and opportunities in the country including; the Government’s vision for their infrastructure Capital Investment Plan, PPP projects and investment in the oil & gas sector. Throughout the day there will be networking opportunities with the speakers and delegates as well as a Townhall Discussion with HE Riad Salame, Governor of Lebanon's Central Bank.

 

DRAFT PROGRAMME

0800-0900: Registration and Refreshments

 

0900-0930: Welcome Addresses

HE Rami Mortada, Ambassador of Lebanon to the UK

The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

George Hollingbery MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy, Department for International Trade

 

0930-0945: Opening Address:

HE Gebran Bassil, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Lebanon

 

0945-0950: Short Film - Tourism - The Best of Lebanon

 

0950-1010: Welcoming Address

HE Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon

 

1010-1015Signing Ceremony: Rolls Royce and MEA

 

1015-1115: Session 1: The Paris CEDRE Conference and the Vision of the Lebanese Government for Stabilization, Growth, and Employment
Chair: Dr Nazia M Habib, Programme Director & Senior Research Associate, Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme, University of Cambridge

HE Pierre Duquesne, Ambassador, Interministerial delegate for the Mediterranean-Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, FranceHE Ibrahim Kanaan MP, Chair of Finance and Budget Committee, Lebanese Parliament
Dr Nadim Munla, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister 
Chris Jarvis, Assistant Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF
David Hallam, Director MENA, Department for International Development

Q&A Session

 

1115-1145: Refreshments Break

 

1145-1245: Session 2: The Capital Investment Program
Chair: Nina Dos Santos, Europe Editor, CNN

Nabil El-Jisr, President, Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR)
Wissam Harake, Senior Economist, World Bank  
Heike Ruettgers, Head of Division; Neighbouring Countries Department, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Q&A Session

1245-1345: Networking Lunch

 

1345-1445: Session 3: Public Private Partnerships in Lebanon: Investing in Infrastructure and Financing Modalities
Chair: Fouad Trad, CEO, Byblos Bank Europe SA

Ziad Hayek, Secretary General of the High Council for Privatization and PPP 
Mazen Alsad, Principal Investment Officer, PPP Transaction Advisory, IFC MENA Region
Matthew Jordan Tank, Head of Infrastructure Policy and Project Preparation, EBRD
Jean Riachi, CEO, FFA

Q&A Session

 

1445-1515: Refreshments

 

1515-1520: Short Film - Investing in Renewable Energy

 

1520-1600: Session 4: Investment in the Oil & Gas Sector
Chair: The Rt Hon the Lord Howell, Chair, House of Lords Foreign Affairs Committee

HE Cesar Abi Khalil, Minister of Energy and Water, Lebanon 
Walid Nasr, Chairman, Lebanese Petroleum Administration
Ricardo Darré, Deputy General Manager, Total E&P Lebanon

Q&A Session

 

1600-1645: Spotlight on the UK-Lebanon Partnership
Chair: Rt Hon Greg Hands

HE Raed Khoury, Minister of Economy and Trade, Lebanon
HE Yassine Jaber MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Lebanese Parliament
HMA Chris Rampling, UK Ambassador to Lebanon
Richard Simon-Lewis, Head of International Business and Development, UKEF

Q&A Session

 

1645-1730: Discussion with HE Riad Salame, Governor, Central Bank of Lebanon
Chair: Joumanna Bercetche, Journalist, CNBC

1730-1900: Gala Drinks Reception