President Aoun's Initiative to Establish a Common Economic Market in the Levant

Manifesto

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LOL that's more proof that Aoun is out of touch with reality.
What does Lebanon have to offer besides apples?
We're a country of do-nothings.

The Lebanese made their fortune ripping off Gulf tourists. Now that the tourists and the deposits are gone, they're facing an economic crisis because they have nothing to export.
 

Manifesto

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Lebanon already has established a brand for more expensive but better quality goods, a leftover of its golden era. The rest of the countries go for the cheaper segment. I think it’s a natural fit.

Yalleh byesma3ak bi oul "Made in Lebanon" is the equivalent of "Made in Italy". :facepalm:
 

Mrsrx

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Excuse the seemingly stupid question, but why would Jordan opt for Lebanon when they have a trade deal with Israel and why would Syria consistently rely on Beirut port when they Latakia? Why would they give us this benefit?
Beirut is closer to damascus (and syria's most populated areas) than any syrian port. That is why for decades Damascus relied on port of beirut because it has always been the cheaper option along with the fact that supplier relations through lebanese businesses are better with Europe.
Agree on Jordan and i dont think they benefit from this.

There is also the supply chain security where you do not rely on a single route for strategic supplies such as food, medicine, .... (risk management) as well as port capacities and so on.
No one will be doing this as a favor ...it is needed as we are cursed to be well positioned.
 

The_FPMer

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Beirut is closer to damascus (and syria's most populated areas) than any syrian port. That is why for decades Damascus relied on port of beirut because it has always been the cheaper option along with the fact that supplier relations through lebanese businesses are better with Europe.
Agree on Jordan and i dont think they benefit from this.

There is also the supply chain security where you do not rely on a single route for strategic supplies such as food, medicine, .... (risk management) as well as port capacities and so on.
No one will be doing this as a favor ...it is needed as we are cursed to be well positioned.
What do they mainly ship to Lebanon and out of it to Europe?
 

CitizenOfTheRepublic

Legendary Member
Who will buy our expensive goods?
There is a market segment in those countries that can afford to pay a little extra. The rest is a marketing exercise, what is an acceptable little extra and how to slice that segment.
In any case, our market is tiny compared to that of the rest so we are a prime beneficiary of the enlargement.
 

Mrsrx

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The_FPMer

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Mostly from Europe/USA/North Africa to Syria/Iraq as they dont produce everything... so they would use the cheapest/shortest route. They also ship a lot of cotton (syria).

I am not inventing a sector this was huge in lebanon...if you want details


But this has more to do with the war than a common economic market. The latter would just lower the price of the imported Syrian products, no?
 

Mrsrx

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But this has more to do with the war than a common economic market. The latter would just lower the price of the imported Syrian products, no?
True while the lebanese transit companies (camionet) and port of beirut get paid a small chunk of that more optimal route and making border passings faster/easier.
 

Lebnaouneh

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Dan is not wrong, but my reply to him was that these things are not mutually exclusive. We can (and should?) have both. The two examples he gave are great success stories, but a common economic market would not hurt such prospects.
Why don't you invite Dan Azzi to the Oroom?
 

Viral

Active Member
Yesterday, President Aoun's communication and political advisor Antoine Constantine declared the following:



What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you see this as a worthy initiative? Do you believe it is somehow attainable?
You can be reassured that Germany is not counting on Lebanon’s tiny economy to recover its 3 billion dollar investment rebuilding its port. It is true Israel is taking advantage of Lebanon’s port shut down however, Lebanon is finding itself in a unique and advantageous situating providing the opposite block which is winning the regional and international struggle Iran/China 25 years economic deal is just the beginning for a serious transformation in that part of the world.

On the other hand, Lebanon’s location on the map remains one of the most valuable real estate properties for the US which is building its largest Embassy/Center in the world part of a 50 years plan in Lebanon but they can’t be there if the people realize they are the ones starving them. In other words, GMA vision for a prosperous future for Lebanon is spot on. The old generation of corrupt trash from Berri down is dying and GMA’s Forensic Audit is unstoppable no matter how hard they try to slow it down. This is the only way to build a new Lebanon on solid grounds that will eventually live in peace even with Israel when the Israelis realize they can no longer bully Lebanon around. Lebanon’s future is bright but as you can tell from the early reactions on this thread, the losers by nature can’t stand success for others because it makes them look worse in contrast than they already look…

God Bless Lebanon’s Visionary and True Father Forever: General Michel Aoun.
 

Steven Gerrard

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Dan is not wrong, but my reply to him was that these things are not mutually exclusive. We can (and should?) have both. The two examples he gave are great success stories, but a common economic market would not hurt such prospects.

We have to have a product before we try to sell it in the common market.

What's the point of having a "free trade" in the levant when we don't have anything to offer.

Let's start by building something then propose such initiative.

Other than that this is wishful thinking.
 
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