Who are we ?

We are a free market think tank that addresses Lebanon’s issues through research, education and discussion. We provide essential resources for policy makers, experts, media, as well as local and international organizations. We are also a knowledge hub for students and academics.


Vision

Free and prosperous people living peacefully together, in a thriving Lebanon.


Mission

Restore Economic Freedom in Lebanon through working with political parties and opinions leaders.


Values

LIMS respects the following values in recruitment, promotion, training and development, project development, and activities implementation.

  • Equal opportunity regardless of the sect, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, race, etc.
  • Diversity; the institute is a home for all believers of freedom, regardless of the background they come from.
  • Responsibility where each individual relies on themselves and bears the cost of their actions.
  • Self-esteem insured by the recognition of achievement.
  • Devotion to the mission and efficiency in the action.

History

Lebanon gained independence in 1943 as a result of the ‘National Pact’. The pact was the fruit of in-depth thinking on the realm of ideological diversity, sectarian pluralism, geographical location and economic resources of the county. The founding fathers of the modern Lebanon designed four pillars that insured peace and prosperity for the people:

  • Enhanced freedom to preserve pluralism and diversity.
  • Small government that lacks the ability to intervene in sectarian matters.
  • Reliance on private initiative and laissez-faire.
  • Limited government intervention in the economy.

As a result, the economy entered a period of exceptional growth and witnessed the emergence of Lebanon as the region’s cultural and financial center. Unfortunately, this state of freedom did not last long as large-scale government intervention began and liberties were progressively reduced. Since 2015, Lebanon has been on the brink of disaster. Debt reached 148% of the GDP; taxes and government borrowing are being spent on inefficient public administration; political liberties have been suspended (absence of parliamentary and presidential elections); and individual rights are continuously shrinking. LIMS’ founders met in the summer of 2015 and decided to build an institute aiming to empower the people of Lebanon, to restore economic liberties through research, education, and thought-provoking discussions.