Agriculture Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The Industry Ministry said Sunday that it issued 415 permits for industrial projects in Lebanon in 2013, compared with 349 in 2012, an increase of 15.9 percent.While the number of permits issued rose in 2013, the report cautioned that not all investors who received permits had started construction on industrial plants. It added that 31.1 percent of permits covered both construction and investment – meaning that the investors could be expected to proceed to plant construction quickly.
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