Lebanon’s International Freedom Tour | LIFT | NOV 17-20
Get ready to experience an unbelievable expedition blending economic liberty with the spiritual legacy, social diversity, and historical foundations that are unique to Lebanon. LIFT connects freedom lovers from across the world with Lebanese decision-makers and opinion leaders, allowing them a forum to share ideas on how to deliver free-market reforms. This journey blends the energy of the “Switzerland of the Middle East” with the soul of the Cedars of God.
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019: Welcoming Tour and Gala
- Airport Pickup
- 2pm – 5pm: Beirut “The Paris of the Middle East” – Click here for more
- 7pm – 8pm: The Policy Fair – Click here for more
- 8pm – 11pm: Opening Night Gala – Click here for more
Monday, Nov. 18, 2019: Castles, Emirs and the Cedars of Lebanon
- 9am – 6pm: Throwback to the Arabian Period of Lebanon – Click here for more
- Complimentary lunch included
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019: Churches, Monasteries, and Economics
- 9:30am – 2pm: Lebanon’s Currency Crisis – Click here for more
- 2pm – 6pm: The Spiritual Heritage of Lebanon
- Complimentary lunch included
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019: Freedom audit
- 9:30am – 2:30pm: Reboot Economic Growth in Lebanon – Click here for more
- Complimentary lunch included
Welcoming Tour and Gala – Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019
The Paris of the Middle East
Discover Beirut on Foot: 2 pm – 5pm
Background: Legend has it that the Lebanese capital of Beirut was rebuilt from the ashes seven times, making it an urban phoenix in mythology. Beirut, “The Paris of the Middle East” is a figurative crossroad between East and West, making each moment feel as uniquely European as it does Middle Eastern. Dizzying streets with French names lined with restaurants offering irresistible spreads of mezze, lead to Roman sites and a seemingly never-ending nightlife.
Program: We will visit the Roman Baths, the Maghen Abraham Synagogue, the Mohammad Al Amin Mosque- Known as the Great Blue Mosque, Place de l’Etoile, the Nejmah Square Clock Tower, the Martyr’s Square and Zaitunay Bay.
The Policy Fair
Discuss the policy propositions of Lebanese political parties: 7pm – 8pm
20 young staff and political activists from 6 major political parties are expected to graduate from our prestigious Leaders’ Academy Program; this is quite an achievement when you consider there were an initial 87 applicants. They will meet in an unconference style to pitch their reform propositions and obtain your feedback. Topics include:
- The challenges facing the creation of privately managed and owned toll roads
- The privatization of the dysfunctional railway system in Lebanon
- Criteria allowing decision-makers to identify public institutions that should be privatized
- A single digital window to cut red tape and facilitate business in Lebanon
- Establishing a free economic zone to solve the decline in investments
- Reducing public debt through combating over-employment in the public sector
- Opening the airline sector to competition
Opening Night Gala
Celebrate the Graduates from LIMS Leaders Academy: 8pm – 11pm
LIMS prestigious gala dinner celebrates the graduation of staff of political parties from our Leaders’ Academy program. The gala includes our “Advancing Freedom Award”. This year’s award will go to Dr. Jean Ellieh who is expected to deliver an important speech at the dinner.
Castles, Emirs, and the Cedars of Lebanon – Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
Throwback to the Arabian period of Lebanon
Visit the famous Cedars of Lebanon and the surrounding castles: 9am – 6pm
Background: The Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve represents a quarter of the remaining cedars of Lebanon. The forest is perched above Deir Al-Qamar, the capital of Emir Fakhreddine, the legendary Druze ruler who unified Lebanon.
Program: we will visit the Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, Moussa Castle, the Mosque of Emir Fakhreddine, The Kaissariya Caravanserai, and the village of Deir el Qamar.
Complimentary lunch is included.
Churches, Monasteries, and Economics- Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019
Lebanon’s Currency Crisis
Workshop at a University in North Lebanon: 9:30am – 2pm
Background: Today Lebanon is on the brink of a Greek-style debt crisis, with debt reaching 150% of the GDP. Depositors are converting their Lebanese Pound into Dollar draining the international reserves of the central bank. The currency peg is harder to defend. This workshop will discuss the current challenges facing the Lebanese economy with key economic experts.
- 08:00: Hotel Pickup
- 09:30 – 12:30: Lebanon’s Looming Currency Crisis Workshop
- 12:30 – 14:00: Complimentary lunch
The Spiritual Heritage of Lebanon: 2pm – 6pm
Background: During their first advance on Jerusalem, French crusaders met the Maronite Christians of Lebanon who trace their lineage back to the first apostles. The Maronites became Roman Catholic and enjoyed centuries of trade and cultural exchange with France and Italy, even after the later fall of the Crusader states in the region. On the other hand, the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch preserves the legacy of the Byzantine empire. The Church is known for the fabulous monasteries along the coast of Lebanon.
- 15:20 – 16:50: Visit Jeita Grotto
- 17:10 – 18:00: Visit Our Lady of Lebanon – Harissa
Freedom Audit- Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
Reboot Economic Growth in Lebanon
Workshop with Lebanese Ministers, MPs, and Staff of Political Parties: 9:30am – 2:30pm
In cooperation with the Atlas Network and the Fraser Institute, this workshop unites international guests with Lebanese Ministers, MPs, staff of political parties, and the media. Together, participants will identify tangible and feasible reforms that will cut red tape, encourage investments and stimulate economic growth. This is a crucial event since Lebanon entered an economic recession in 2019 and is expected to undergo a government default crisis and a devaluation of currency in 2020.
- 09:30 – 10:00 Registration
- 10:00 – 10:45 Reboot Economic Growth in Lebanon
- 10:45 – 11:45 Attendees Questions and Interventions
- 11:45 – 12:00 Coffee Talk
- 12:00 – 13:30 Attract Investments and Companies to Lebanon
- 13:30 – 14:30 Networking Lunch
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