Riviera Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon | November 12, 2018
The Democratic Renewal Party welcomed members of parliament, three ministers, and experts to project Lebanon’s future in light of CEDRE. LIMS’ Director Ms. Kristelle Mardini and Senior Policy Analyst Mr. Majdi Aref cautioned on the dangers of further increasing public debt to finance infrastructure, especially since the private sector can provide equity finance and ensure much better management of the projects. They also explained that countries who relied on increasing debt like Greece have failed, whereas others that liberated the economy like the UK flourished.
Azm University – Balamand University, Lebanon | November 6-8, 2018
Several Universities in Lebanon hosted LIMS guest, Mr. Ross Marchand to discuss regulatory reforms in Lebanon. He argued that regulation can have far reach and unintended consequences. Show More
Tajadod Headquarters, Beirut, Lebanon | October 31, 2018
Earlier in 2018, the Lebanese government held a conference asking international donors for $17 billion in loans, as a means to fund infrastructure projects and promising structural reforms in return.Show More
Lifelong Learning Institute, Singapore | 10 to 11-08-2018
Dr. Patrick Mardini was invited by the Adam Smith Center in Singapore, to discuss the future of blockchain and finance. He retraced the monetary origins of the business cycle and explained the challenges facing the central bank, in the conduct of monetary policy. More
Cathay Institute for Public Affairs at Renmin University, Beijing, China | 29-07-2018
Dr. Mardini presented empirical evidence showing that Bitcoin behaves like commodities. He then investigated the intrinsic value of the cryptocurrency and focused on its ability to More
North Eastern University, Shenyang, China | 21-07-2018
LIMS president, Dr. Patrick Mardini, discussed the importance of economic freedom at the Northeastern University in China with a group of scholars, policy analysts, and students. More
Devos Place, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States | 19-06-2018
Lebanon has 18 recognized sects, including Christian, Shia, Sunni, and Druze. Since the country’s independence in 1943, seats in the Lebanese parliament have been allocated by sect and most Lebanese political parties are religious by nature. More
Riviera Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon | 20-04-2018
LIMS Director Kristelle Mardini, was invited to the Democratic Renewal Movement roundtable along with Lebanon’s top economists and experts to discuss what’s needed to trigger growth. Ms. Mardini questioned CEDRE’s proposed solutions and described them More
PSP Headquarters, Beirut, Lebanon | 21-03-2018
During his visit to Lebanon, Prof Garello met two members of the political bureau of the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP), after the conference. The discussion was an attempt to understand the political tensions hindering real reforms in the electricity sector, and to explore ways to overcome obstacles. He explained how More
Le Commodore Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon | 28-01-2018
LIMS participated in a two-day workshop on policy writing and advocacy organized by the Project on Middle East Democracy – (POMED). LIMS’ staff brainstormed, interacted, and debated with the POMED team and different participants on defining policy problems, More
LIMS hosted Ms. Li Zhao Schoolland, a freedom champion from China, and Mr. Ken Schoolland, the director of the Entrepreneurship Center at Hawaii
Pacic University, for four roundtables with political parties. Ms. Zhao Schoolland discussed the transition of China from communism and famine, to capitalism and prosperity, while Mr. Schoolland emphasized on More
Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco | 10-12-2017
Dr. Patrick Mardini and Mr. Majdi Aref were invited to discuss the role of locally grown think tanks, in the broader eld of international development. The event was hosted by Eirene Associates at the Ibn Tofail University in Morocco. Both Dr. Mardini and Mr. Aref insisted on the negative effects government intervention has on economic growth and freedom.
Rabat, Morocco | 09-12-2017
At the Arab Liberty Festival’s gala dinner, LIMS was awarded the 2017 Regional Liberty Award for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, for the “Legalize Electricity in Lebanon” campaign. More
Atlas Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco | 08-12-2017
Dr. Patrick Mardini related rent-seeking behavior and bad infrastructure in Lebanon, to the need of maintaining peace. He stressed on the importance of working with policymakers, in order to achieve tangible market-friendly results. More
Averroes Academy, Rabat, Morocco | 30-11-2017
Mr. Majdi Aref discussed effective ways to promote economic freedom in the Arab World, with 18 activists from different civil society groups in the MENA region. He emphasized the importance of producing policy research and engaging youth from political parties in the advocacy process. The workshop was organized by the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies.
Golden Tulip El Mechtel Hotel, Tunis, Tunisia | 26-11-2017
Ms. Nour Bou Malhab was invited by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation to discuss the situation of trade in Lebanon. Ms. Bou Malhab highlighted tari and nontari barriers, argued for the importance of free trade, and
suggested novel ideas for reforms.
Sousse, Tunisia | 17-11-2017
Unity is strength! Ms. Kristelle Mardini, was invited by POMED Tunisia, to discuss “Building Alliances and Ensuring Their Sustainability” with participants from across the Middle East and North Africa. More
Crowne Plaza Times Square Hotel, New York, USA | 08-11-2017
Dr. Patrick Mardini was invited by the Atlas Network to discuss ways for advancing liberty in Lebanon. He laid out a general framework for analyzing the Lebanese sectarian-political system and discussed market-oriented solutions for the daily 12-hour power outages.
Gummersbach, Germany | 15-10-2017
Ms. Kristelle Mardini was invited by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for a 12-day workshop at the International Academy for Leadership (IAF). Ms. Mardini brainstormed with 24 policy activists from across the world, on the visibility, consistency, ecacy, and success of environmental solutions promoted over the past years.
Ahrar Headquarters, Beirut, Lebanon | 09-10-2017
Dr. Mardini highlighted the poor ranking of Lebanon on the indices of transparency and corruption. He related rent-seeking behavior and the bad infrastructure in Lebanon, to the need of maintaining peace. Mr. Aref suggested to keep the government out of the business sector, in order to reduce corruption.
Lebanese Kataeb Headquarters, Beirut, Lebanon | 28-09-2017
For Dr. Mardini, Lebanon’s accession to the WTO is a safeguard against protectionist policies. Increasing the prices of imported goods, will increase the cost for local industries, services, and agriculture. They are a tax on the poor and they make Lebanon less competitive. Mr. Majdi Aref illustrated the importance of trade, with examples from Hong Kong and Singapore.
FNF Offices, Beirut, Lebanon | 10-08-2017
Seventy percent of the Lebanon’s freshwater is contaminated
with sewage. The impact on potable water, fishery, and
farming is growing every day, leading to health problems,
ban on Lebanese agricultural exports, and general distrust in
local products. Dr. Mardini argued that this is a standard
example of the tragedy of the commons, and suggested the
privatization of water.
Holy Savior Monastery, Chouf, Lebanon | 01-08-2017
Dr. Mardini reminded PhilOrient participants that in ancient times, the ruler was considered an All-Knowing God. Today, we know that people running the government are neither gods nor all-knowing. Even with the best intentions, the unintended consequence of their actions is harmful. The market however, has the ability to force all kind of individuals to serve each other in order to prosper.
LIMS Offices, Tripoli, Lebanon | 30-07-2017
Mrs. Souad Adnane from the ACSR, delivered a training seminar to LIMS sta on fundraising, strategic planning, and project management. LIMS was selected along with 3 other think tanks from the region, to take part in this project.
Northeastern University, Shenyang, China | 14-07-2017
Dr. Mardini showed how bureaucracy goes hand-in-hand with monopolies, compulsory payment, taxes, and abusing the client. He then compared bureaucracy, to the service provided in a competitive market with voluntary payment and choice. This was part of a lecture series delivered by Dr. Mardini to students, academics and business leaders in the Shenyang region in China.
Renmin University, Beijing, China | 13-07-2017
Dr. Mardini endorsed Simpson’s argument against the idea that
government intervention is needed to correct externalities. Dr. Mardini argued that limited government intervention, will inevitably open the door for additional interference and distortion. He illustrated the example of Lebanon that progressively moved from a free market economy in the 50s, to socialist policies in the 60s, and ended up in a civil war.
Hilton Metropolitan Palace, Beirut, Lebanon | 08-07-2017
LIMS hosted Dr. Tom G. Palmer, the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty and Executive Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Network, to discuss the feasible economic reforms and win-win solutions with Lebanese policymakers. Dr. Palmer illustrated More
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA | 20-06-2017
Dr. Patrick Mardini explored the moral and theological foundations of a free and virtuous society at Acton University 2017. The event gathered over 1000 faith-based leaders, business and economic leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, nonprot and development leaders, small business leaders, and students representing 70+ countries.
Xiamen University, Xiamen, China | 14-05-2017
The current government monopoly on electricity in Lebanon is a vehicle used by a part of the ruling elite to generate rent, limit competition, and provide their coalition with exclusive access to EDL’s jobs and contracts. Dr. Mardini explored the possibility of striking a Coasian contract to allow more access to the electricity market in Lebanon.
Lebanese Kataeb Headquarters, Beirut, Lebanon | 26-01-2017
Dr. Mardini was invited to a roundtable hosted by the Lebanese Kataeb, to discuss Lebanon’s budget and to suggest solutions for the fiscal deficit. The use of privatization and public-private partnerships was suggested, as ways to upgrade the level of infrastructure, without amplifying the deficit and debt. Special emphasis was placed on electricity.
Lebanese Kataeb Headquarters, Beirut, Lebanon | 26-01-2017
LIMS broadcasted a presentation on December 14, 2015 of a policy paper on the “Zero Dollar” Cost for Electricity’s Twin Deficit problem in Lebanon”. The policy paper had won the first prize of the best policy paper in the MENA region at the Averroes Academy for Freedom and Democracy. It was also presented in Rabat, Morroco, on November 28, 2015. The presentation was followed by tips for freedom activists in the MENA region on how to write a winning policy paper.
LIMS was rewarded the think best tank “project” in the MENA region at the First Arab Liberty Festival. The event was organized by the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies in Marrakesh, Morocco. The festival included participation from countries such as Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Mali, Syria, Oman, and Turkey.