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“I am pleased to participate in this conference as a representative of civil society in the Ministry of Environment.
Concerning the Postulates
National Industry is a vital creator of career opportunities for the Lebanese Labor force, and is an essential pillar of our Lebanese Economy. There are 130 to 160 thousand jobs available today in the Lebanese productive sectors.
The Industry is not an enemy to the environment. We, as civil society, do not at all consider it as such. It is an essential partner to our environmental journey, heavily loaded by the historical events our country has endured.
As citizens, we have long carried the motto of protecting the Lebanese environment and have long advocated for it; and as civil society, we have been operating as a lobby, influencing official and unofficial decisions, in order to let the civil society’s voice be heard and to scientifically and objectively highlight the facts, and not by any means to create a conflict with the industrial employers and the factories ‘owners.
In that respect, allow me to report to you the great willingness of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists to cooperate with us on various environmental files at hand; a thing that we really appreciate.
We should also be honest witnesses of the unfair and unjustified defamation campaigns some of the Lebanese Industries have been subjected to under the pretext of environment devastation. These campaigns are highly condemned.
Finally, we regret to say that we haven’t in some instances, received the same kind of response from a number of industries, and we are extremely counting on the initiation of a positive cooperation.”
and the President of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists, Neemat Frem]