Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil speaks during the Lebanese Diaspora Energy Conference in Abidjan Friday Feb. 2 2018. (The Daily Star/Gebran Bassil's Twitter, HO)
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A major conference of the Lebanese diaspora in Cote d'Ivoire's Abidjan concluded Saturday evening, with recommendations to expand trade and investment links between Africa and Lebanon.Recommendations at the end of the two-day event included pushing for Lebanese commercial banks to open across Africa and an increase in cooperation between Lebanese businessmen at home and in Africa, a foreign ministry statement reported.After one seminar held Saturday that focused on strengthening Lebanese identity, participants recommended encouraging Lebanese universities to open branches in Africa and asked for local carrier Middle East Airlines to establish new routes to Africa and possibly even to initiate routes to South America.
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