Business in Lebanon, Beirut

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Syllabus of the Subject: Foreign Trade and Business in Lebanon - Beirut (Course, Master).

  1. Introduction to the Lebanese Republic (Middle East)
  2. Doing Business in Beirut
  3. Lebanese economy
  4. Lebanese foreign trade
  5. Lebanese Customs Administration
  6. Business Opportunities in Lebanon:
    1. Agro-industry
    2. Industry
    3. Information Technology
    4. Business Process Outsourcing
    5. Telecommunication
    6. Tourism
    7. Media and film industry
  7. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Lebanon
  8. Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL)
  9. Case Study:
    1. Nayla Hayek
    2. Ayah Bdeir
    3. Lebanese largest companies
    4. INDEVCO
  10. Access to the Lebanese market
  11. Business Plan for Lebanon

The objectives of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in the Lebanese Republic” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Lebanese economy and foreign trade
  2. To know the business opportunities in the Lebanese Republic
  3. To explore the Lebanese trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know the Lebanese Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
  5. To examine the profile of Lebanese companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Lebanese market

The Subject “Doing Business in Lebanon” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Masters: Business in the Muslim Countries, International Business, Foreign Trade
  2. Doctorates: Islamic Business, Global Trade
  3. Diploma: Business in the Middle East

Learning materials in Master in International Business in English or Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Libano Study, Master in International Business in French Liban

  1. Credits of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Lebanon”: 2 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: two weeks

ماجستير في التجارة الخارجية و التسويق الدولي

Lebanon, Master Doctorate International Business Master of Science in International Business for the Lebanese Students

E-learning Courses, Diplomas (Foreign Trade)

Example of the Online Subject - Doing Business in Lebanon
Master Course: Business in Lebanon





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Description of the Online Subject: International Trade and Business in Lebanon.

The Lebanese Republic:

  1. With 5.8 million people, Lebanon has 75% of Muslim population and 25% of Christians
  2. The Lebanese Republic shares borders with Syria and Israel
  3. Arab and French are the official languages in Lebanon
  4. The capital of the Lebanese Republic is Beirut (1.8 million people), an important regional foreign trade Port
  5. The main Lebanese cities are Beirut, Baabda, Saida, Baalbek, Zahle, Tripoli, and Nabatiyeh
  6. The headquarters of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) are in Beirut (Lebanon)
  7. Independence of Lebanon: 1946 (from France)
  8. Lebanese Government: Parliamentary Democracy
  9. Area of Lebanon: 10,452 square kilometres
  10. Human Development Index of Lebanon: 0.765

Religion in Lebanon.

  1. Islam Sunni is the main religion in Lebanon (75% population), the largest school of Islamic Jurisprudence is the Hanafi
  2. In Lebanon, there are about 1 million Maronites (Christians Catholics)
  3. Beirut is divided between Christian and Muslim areas

Lebanon belongs to the Arab Economic Area (Islamic Civilisation).

Nayla Hayek Lebanese Businesswoman (Course Master)

Lebanese Economy.

  1. The Lebanese agricultural sector accounts for about 7% of the GDP.
  2. The Lebanese industrial sector represents 22% of the GDP and the services sector 71% of the gross domestic product, highlighting the financial and commercial sector
  3. Top Lebanese public companies: Middle East Airlines, Electricity of Lebanon, Water Company, TV Lebanon Tobacco Company, and the National Wheat and Beet
  4. Currency of Lebanon: Lebanese Pound (LBP)
  5. Unemployment Rate: 13%
  6. Labour Force in Lebanon: 1.6 million people

Example of the Online Subject - Doing Business in Lebanon
INDEVCO Group Lebanon

Foreign Trade of Lebanon.

  1. Major supplier of the Lebanese Republic: The United States (11%), China (9%), France (8%), Italy (7%), and Germany (6.3%)
  2. Major export destinations of the Republic of Lebanon: Switzerland, Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia
  3. Machinery and electrical equipment accounted for 21% of the Lebanese exports, jewellery (13%), chemicals (11%), and food (7%)
  4. Top Lebanese imports: Mineral fuels (27%), machinery (12%), transport equipment (12%), and pharmaceutical products (4%)

Lebanon: Regional Economic Institutions and Trade Agreements.

European Union-Lebanon Association Agreement

  1. Arab League
  2. European Union-Lebanon Association Agreement
    1. Euro-Mediterranean Partnership
  3. Agreements with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and Turkey
  4. Lebanon has Trade Agreements with multiples countries: Syria (1993), Kuwait (1996), and Egypt (1998)
  5. Trade Preferential System among the Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (TPS-OIC)
  6. Summit of South American-Arab Countries (ASPA)
  7. Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED)
  8. Islamic Development Bank
  9. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
  10. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
  11. World Bank (WB)
  12. International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  13. Customs Convention on Containers (CCC)
  14. United Nations

EFTA-Lebanon Free Trade Agreement (Course Master)

Carlos Slim (Maronite of the Lebanese ascendency)
Carlos Slim Mexican Businessman (Course Master)

Safra (Judaism)
Joseph Zafra (Brazilian Banker) Master

Ayah Bdeir:
Ayah Bdeir (Lebanon, Master)

Turkey-Lebanon Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
Turkey-Lebanon Free Trade Agreement (Course Master)



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