BEIRUT: Prime Minister Saad Hariri launched Thursday an online platform designed to connect the Lebanese diaspora to each other and to their country of origin.
DiasporaID – created by the private company Netways with a grant from USAID – links Lebanese expats with other emigres and with their hometowns in Lebanon. The project aims to strengthen the Lebanese economy, Hariri said during the launch, which took place at the Grand Serail.
"Lebanon is a melting pot of ideas, creativity, entrepreneurship and advancements in science, technology and the arts," Hariri said at the inauguration event, in the presence of officials including Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk and United States Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard.
The online platform will virtually connect Lebanese entrepreneurs abroad and in the country in order to facilitate business interactions and promote Lebanon’s development.
"Lebanon has highly educated human capital, an open economy, unparalleled financial expertise and a successful and loyal diaspora," Hariri continued.
The country, he added, will prosper by educating, empowering and enabling its youth. He also underscored the importance of collaborating with the private sector.
"Our aim is to make Lebanon a global innovation hub to attract our best talent to stay, build and export, rather than emigrate," Hariri said.