Hariri attends a conference in BIEL, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan Tuesday warned of a total collapse of the industrial and trading sectors in Lebanon. Hajj Hasan, who was speaking at a conference for marble and granite factory owners at the BIEL Exhibition Center in Beirut, said that "competition by foreign products ... has created a dangerous situation". He renewed calls on the government to protect local industries."We will work to serve you," Hariri told the attendees.From his side, Nazih Najem, head of the syndicate of marble factory owners, reiterated the comments of Hajj Hasan and Gemayel by asking the government to stop the random import of all industrial products for three years by imposing taxes on products bought from outside Lebanon, based on a study adopted by the various industries in coordination with the of Industry and Economy ministries.
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