File - Central Bank governor Riad Salameh speaks during an interview in Beirut, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon is planning a $1 billion economic stimulus package for 2015 to maintain growth and support an economy hit by a more than 3-year-old conflict in neighboring Syria, according to the Central Bank's governor.The IMF in May forecast Lebanon's economy to grow by 2 percent this year.The war in Syria, a huge influx of refugees and a domestic political stalemate have hit Lebanon's economy hard, prompting the Central Bank to introduce a $1.4 billion stimulus package in 2013 and $800 million in aid this year.Lebanon's economy grew 8 percent a year between 2007 and 2010, but has been sluggish since the collapse of a unity government and the start of Syria's uprising in 2011 .Salameh, who has headed the central bank for more than 20 years, echoed those sentiments.
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