CEDRE, a Conference Prepared in Opacity with no Clear Strategic Plan

March 23, 2018

A conference is scheduled in Paris on April the 6th to support a Capital Investment Plan in Lebanon. The event has been named the CEDRE (a French acronym for Conference for Development and Reform with Businesses) rather than Paris IV, in order to defuse comparisons with the previous Paris 1, 2 and 3 conferences that failed to achieve the announced reforms. 

In the face of increased financial, economic and social vulnerabilities, such a major event should be an opportunity to engage the Lebanese in a dialogue on how to implement much needed structural reforms. 

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Kulluna Irada believes that CEDRE should have been an opportunity to engage a national debate on economic policy options and notably on the way to move from a logic of stabilization to a logic of sustainable and inclusive economic development.

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