Lebanon-UK Business & Investment Forum 2018

12th December, Central London


HE Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon will visit London in December 2018 accompanied by a high profile delegation, culminating in a business and investment forum aimed at fostering and developing the bilateral relationship between the two countries. The forum will allow a platform for investors and businesses to engage with Lebanon on recent developments and opportunities in the country including; the Government’s vision for their infrastructure Capital Investment Plan, PPP projects and investment in the oil & gas sector. Throughout the day there will be networking opportunities with the speakers and delegates as well as a Townhall Discussion with HE Riad Salame, Governor of Lebanon's Central Bank.



0800-0900: Registration and Refreshments


0900-0930: Welcome Addresses

HE Rami Mortada, Ambassador of Lebanon to the UK

The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

George Hollingbery MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy, Department for International Trade


0930-0935: Short Film - Tourism - The Best of Lebanon


0935-0955: Welcoming Address

HE Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon


0955-1000Signing Ceremony: Rolls Royce and MEA


1000-1100 Session 1: The Government of Lebanon's Vision for Stabilization, Growth and Employment - presented at the CEDRE conference
Chair: Dr Nazia M Habib, Programme Director & Senior Research Associate, Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme, University of Cambridge

HE Ibrahim Kanaan MP, Chair of Finance and Budget Committee, Lebanese Parliament
Dr Nadim Munla, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister 
Chris Jarvis, Assistant Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF
David Hallam, Director MENA, Department for International Development

Q&A Session


1100-1130: Refreshments Break


1130-1230: Session 2: The Capital Investment Program
Chair: Nina Dos Santos, Europe Editor, CNN

Nabil El-Jisr, President, Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR)
Wissam Harake, Senior Economist, World Bank  
Heike Ruettgers, Head of Division; Neighbouring Countries Department, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Q&A Session

1230-1330: Networking Lunch


1330-1430: Session 3: Public Private Partnerships in Lebanon: Investing in Infrastructure and Financing Modalities
Chair: Fouad Trad, CEO, Byblos Bank Europe SA

Ziad Hayek, Secretary General of the High Council for Privatization and PPP 
Mazen Alsad, Principal Investment Officer, PPP Transaction Advisory, IFC MENA Region
Matthew Jordan Tank, Head of Infrastructure Policy and Project Preparation, EBRD
Jean Riachi, CEO, FFA

Q&A Session


1430-1500: Refreshments


1500-1505: Short Film - Investing in Renewable Energy


1505-1545: Session 4: Investment in the Oil & Gas Sector
Chair: The Rt Hon the Lord Howell, Chair, House of Lords Foreign Affairs Committee

HE Cesar Abi Khalil, Minister of Energy and Water, Lebanon 
Walid Nasr, Chairman, Lebanese Petroleum Administration
Ricardo Darré, Deputy General Manager, Total E&P Lebanon

Q&A Session


1545-1630: Spotlight on the UK-Lebanon Partnership
Chair: Rt Hon Greg Hands

HE Raed Khoury, Minister of Economy and Trade, Lebanon
HE Yassine Jaber MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Lebanese Parliament
HMA Chris Rampling, UK Ambassador to Lebanon
Richard Simon-Lewis, Head of International Business and Development, UKEF

Q&A Session


1630-1715: Discussion with HE Riad Salame, Governor, Central Bank of Lebanon
Chair: Joumanna Bercetche, Journalist, CNBC

1715-1900: Gala Drinks Reception