(The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil inaugurated Tuesday a $17-million tobacco factory that could help increase Regie Company revenues by $40 million a year.Khalil heaped praise on the state-owned Regie Company.The minister underlined the need to endorse the 2015 draft budget as soon as possible.The Cabinet is still discussing the draft budget, but there is no clear indication that the bill will be passed anytime soon.In a recent statement, the International Monetary Fund urged Lebanese financial authorities to pass the draft budget and to consider raising the value added tax by 1 percentage point at least.
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