BEIRUT: Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil called Friday on Lebanese people living overseas to come back and invest in their country.
“You are the wealth and the energy of Lebanon,” he told the Lebanese Diaspora Energy conference in Beirut. “But it is important to invest this energy in Lebanon."
The Lebanese Diaspora Energy conference had called on people of Lebanese origin living abroad to join the May 30-June1 event at the Hilton Beirut Grand Habtoor Hotel.
“This is a chance to celebrate the success stories of Lebanese abroad. ... This is a chance to share experiences, enhance relations and explore new possibilities,” LDE said on its website.
It said the conference was designed to create a “network of successful people of Lebanese origin around the globe in order to spread and diversify their domains of action at the national, regional and international levels.”
Bassil urged Lebanese emigrants to help the country change course to a production economy.
“It’s the role of every Lebanese expatriate to transform our economy from a rentier economy to a production economy,” added Bassil, who organized the conference.
Bassil called for establishing partnership with expats.
“Partnership means dialogue and exchange of views. This is why we want to hear you, learn from your successful lessons and your rich experiences – politics and economy, art and literature, knowledge and culture, medicine and engineering, trade and tourism, and media,” he said.
“In turn, we will present you with our vision of how to mobilize and invest the energies of Lebanese emigrants,” Bassil added.
He also called for a new electoral law that would take into account expatriate and electronic voting.