Hariri sponsors signing of Bekaa water treatment agreement
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri sponsored today at the Grand Serail the signing ceremony of an agreement between "Liban Laitni" and Livestock Water Recycling (LWR) to set up a plant to treat the effluents of the company's plant and farm in Hosh Snid in Baalbeck-Hermel, in cooperation with the Lebanese Environmental Pollution Abatement Project (LEPAP).
The ceremony was attended by former MPs Nabil de Freige and Ghazi Youssef, the Italian Ambassador to Lebanon Massimo Marotti, the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Fouad Fleifel, the Governor of the Bekaa Kamal Abu Joudeh, the Chairman of the Council for Development and Reconstruction Nabil Jisr, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Liban Lait Mohamed Zeidan, the President of Livestock Water Recycling (LWR) Ross Thurston, LEPAP Project manager Marwan Rizkallah, Hariri's advisors Fadi Fawaz and Nadim Mounla, representatives of the embassies of Canada and the Netherlands, of the World Bank, the UNDP, the Central Bank and Bankmed and a number of contributors to the project.
Fawaz delivered a speech saying that this step constitutes the cornerstone for a serious handling of the environmental file in Lebanon and is the result of cooperation between a number of ministries and local and international donors.
Rizkallah spoke about the importance of the project in treating the environmental crisis in Lebanon and in the course of the Litani River. Thurston gave a detailed explanation of the establishment and operation of the treatment plant.
Zeidan thanked all those who contributed to the preparation and implementation of this project, which will be of a total value of $ 2 million and said: "The environmental aspect of the Litani River has always been a concern for the company since it was founded. We worked since 2005 in cooperation with the American University of Beirut to address this problem through the establishment of an environmental project for the production of gas to remove the remnants of the farm, but the Israeli aggression in 2006 prevented the success of this project."
Prime Minister Hariri said: "I want to congratulate you all on this achievement. We need to clean the Litani River. This is a good first step in this direction and I hope that everyone will follow in the footsteps of this vital project, which is important to end the pollution in the Litani River.
This project benefits from the loans granted by the Central Bank and Lebanese banks because it is of great environmental benefit. We encourage it and encourage all factories in the Bekaa to work in this way. Fighting pollution will be one of the most important projects that the next government will work on to put an end to the epidemic in Bekaa.
I congratulate all of you and the Italian Ambassador for this important and vital project for Lebanon."
At the end of the ceremony, Zeidan and Thurston signed the agreement.
Source: National News Agency