Governments looking for the welfare of their people, often resort to expatriates and local and foreign investors for the development of the local rural areas economy, and to solve problems resulting from lacking government funding.
At a time when talks by circles of designate Prime Minister Saad Hariri speak of Paris 4 Conference, whose three earlier copies only gave promises to Lebanon, hope is looming from President Michel Aoun radical attempt to take advantage of the Lebanese capabilities to support the economy .
Will the President be a lift for an economic army to which the government will facilitate all means and eliminate all obstacles so as, the President’s slogans to get the processes of reform and change integrated with actual reality that would be a salvation for Lebanon and the Lebanese from poverty, unemployment and immigration that drain the Lebanese people and youth.
In Lebanon, and the Diaspora, there are thousands of successful Lebanese all over the world, in economics, businesses. why do not we seek their help to support the Lebanese economy?
Will President Michel Aoun act, and seize the magical solution for Lebanon economic problems through eligible holding companies that are able to bring Lebanon back to the world economic map , through production, industrial , agricultural, educational and transformative projects, that provide job opportunities to the Lebanese, and utilize local potential tools to open up vast areas for inventors and graduates in the world of innovation and IT development. ?
What prevents the Lebanese from catching up with advanced technological industries, since our country incubates thousands of scientifically creative people in this area? what prevents development of local experiments to become national experiences, similar to that of businessman and former minister Essam Fares, in Akkar, or by associates to Parliament speaker Barre in certain areas in the south, and achievements by expatriates in southern towns and the Bekaa at their own expense, such as in Haris and Deir Intar?
For example, can we see a series of fruits and juices canning factories in the south and the Bekaa?
Is it possible to protect the oil wealth through local and national investments?
Is it possible to have Essam Fares example followed in more than a village and area?
Is it possible to disseminate Zahle and Deir Intar experiences on electricity, water and municipal services? Zahle, where one man was able to provide 24/24 electricity , a service which a country with all its ministers did not succeed to accomplish?
And why the government does not benefit from expatriate Kassem Hejeij - ( Hujeij)- (Hojeij) experience in his hometown?
Or from the experience of Imad Suleiman Ahmad of Haris town and his father before him?
The latter, Imad Ahmad, financed more than 250 surgeries for 250 three- degree visually impaired persons , ensuring free treatment by a renowned and efficient doctor , regardless of the cost of treatment, besides more than 300 young people are working at companies owned by him or his relatives in several African countries.
So why do not we ensure a chance that brings together Ahmad, Essam Fares , Kassem Hejeij - ( Hujeij)- (Hojeij) and other hundred expatriates in a large development project, in a giant holding company?
Kassem Hejeij - ( Hujeij)- (Hojeij) :
He made his hometown in southern Lebanon "Deir Intar (Bint Jbeil)" a role model of development that alienates its citizens of the need to search for jobs, as he used his economic capabilities in charity works for the benefit of his hometown and the region, which seem to be enjoying «independence» from the state and its services after it formed , since years, its «special government».
Kassem Hejeij - ( Hujeij)- (Hojeij) and his brothers have a long experience in charitable works , manifested in «Muhammad Ali Hojeij Charity Foundation», which is involved in helping the poor and the needy in health, scientific, social and cultural situations.
Water and electricity crises in, which most of the Lebanese regions suffer , are not existed in the town , as Hojeij family dug an artesian well for providing water to the town for free , and bought a huge electricity generator that covers the needs of all its citizens, free of charge, around the clock ».
Town inhabitant Nizar Qaseer says: «Since the seventies, Kassem Hejeij - ( Hujeij)- (Hojeij) and his family have been providing job opportunities for the town’s youth in Lebanon and the Diaspora, and medicine and clothing to the needy here and in other towns,” adding that Hejeij family recently established agricultural projects in the area that secured jobs for about 70 young people from the town.
Zahle Electricity and creative Nakad :
In Zahle, there is a «luminous» experience at a time of electricity «darkness » in the country. Electricity was secured during rationing hours , while keeping energy withdraw from the Lebanese electricity establishment. A project that has been carried out by «Zahle Electricity» company since late 2014. The project, which seeks to produce electricity systematically and licensed by the Ministry of Energy and Water, according to chairman of «Electricity Zahle » Asaad Nakad, enabled Zahle company to provide the city and 20 towns of the central Bekaa with electric current at 7/24 hours daily . Though many accusations were raised against the project, but it is still a «blessing» of which many Lebanese are deprived of in many areas.
Prime Minister Rafik Hariris experience in human development and education proved to be linked to the late premier in person, and was stopped after his martyrdom.
That is why in order not to leave committed expatriates and wealthy alone in their developmental projects , the president and government should take the initiative to embrace development projects carried out by holding companies that bring together expatriate and local capitalists in a carefully planned process so as to place Lebanon into the ranks of first countries?
Lebanon is not the least efficient in terms of the minds of its people than those of Switzerland, which is like Lebanon does not have any resources, but human resources, however achieved industrial miracles in simple and creative areas. Besides one Lebanese played a major role in introducing billions US $ as annual profits to that country.