BEIRUT: Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with a French delegation Monday to discuss preparations for an investment conference aimed at jumpstarting the Lebanese economy, set to take place in Paris next year.
Hariri met with Pierre Duquesne, the interministerial delegate for the Mediterranean in charge of the preparations of the economic conference referred to commonly as Paris IV, a media release from Hariri’s office reported. French Ambassador to Lebanon Bruno Faucher and Hariri's advisor for refugee affairs Nadim Mulla also were present.
"French President [Emmanuel Macron] announced on Dec. 9 at the [International Support Group for Lebanon] meeting that we would do the economic conference to help investments in Lebanon in the first quarter of the year 2018,” Duquesne said after the meeting.
The French official said he came “immediately” to prepare the investment program and help develop the necessary reforms to accompany it.
“I have noticed that the Lebanese authorities have started to work on the subject. It is a complex task because we have to convince not only France, which is quite convinced, but other countries, international organizations as well as our European partners participating in the conference.”