MP Robert Fadel poses for a picture. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The Lebanese government needs to invest at least $1 billion to create job opportunities for nearly 30,000 individuals who will be unemployed in Tripoli five years from now, said Tripoli lawmaker and prominent businessman Robert Fadel.Tripoli is considered to be the poorest city in the Mediterranean region, according to Fadel, who blames Lebanon's second largest city's representatives in the Cabinet and Parliament for failing to assume their responsibilities.Fadel said the failure to implement local development projects in Tripoli has resulted in several rounds of violence and sporadic security incidents over the past few years.Fadel explained that he drafted the proposal in full coordination with the Social Affairs Ministry, which has done great work over the five last years in surveying the poorest families.The private sector has been suffering in the past three years due to the unstable political and security situation in the country.Fadel, who is also chairman of ABC Group, added that the retail sector has gone through major modernization in the past three years.
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