The 2018 Diaspora Energy Conference pursued its meetings for the second consecutive day in Oceania on Saturday, under the patronage of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister, Gebran Bassil, with discussions touching on investment opportunities between Lebanon and Oceania and ways of boosting bilateral cooperation at various levels.

Participants highlighted the importance of paying attention to the investment sector to attract direct investments from both sides.

Focus was also pinned on the efforts exerted by the Government of Lebanon to maintain political stability in the country, in addition to the developments witnessed in the private sector, which prove that Lebanon remains an attractive country for investment.

Ways of strengthening commercial and trade relations between Lebanon and Australia also featured high during discussions, with great reliance on the Lebanese expatriate community in this respect in light of the strong, successful and trustworthy presence it enjoys in Australia.

On the other hand, conferees addressed the law on restoring the Lebanese nationality, stressing the importance of helping Lebanese expatriates to identify their roots and work to restore their nationality, preserve their mother tongue and adopt the Lebanese curriculum, in addition to registration that allows them to exercise their political and civil rights in Lebanon.

Among the conference participants were: State Minister for Presidential Affairs, Pierre Raffoul, Legislative Council Head Jean Ajaka, Lebanese Ambassador to Canberra Milad Raad, Lebanon’s Consul in Sydney Charbel Maakaroun, Lebanon’s Consul in Melbourne Ziad Itani, Australian Ambassador to Lebanon Glenn Miles, as well as a large crowd of prominent figures, businessmen and investors.

Source: National News Agency