Building Consensus for Economic and Social Reform in Lebanon


  17 April 2019  Beirut, Lebanon

Building Consensus for Economic and Social Reform in Lebanon

Seminar 1: Actors and methods of social Dialogue

For the first seminar, representatives from France, Ivory Coast and Spain will present the role of Economic and Social Councils (ESCs) and equivalent institutions in their respective countries. Presentations adressed how the mandate and composition of ESCs have evolved over time, examining, in particular, the role ESCs have played in times of contestation and legitimacy crises. The seminar also looked at different tools to facilitate stakeholder engagement.

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Lebanon has great potential which still needs to be fully exploited. It is an upper middle-income economy, with impressive development dynamics. It has one of the most diversified economies in the MENA region, with a high level of openness and a strong private sector. Currently, however, internal and external factors – including the war in neighbouring Syria – are undermining Lebanon’s economic stability, and there are signs that Lebanon may be falling into a deep recession.

To counter this tendency, Lebanon has put forth an ambitious vision for economic reforms, the Vision for stabilization, growth and employment, which was presented at the CEDRE Conference in April 2018 in Paris. At the same conference, the international community showed strong support for Lebanon, with pledges in soft loans and grants of USD 11 billion for the Capital Investment Programme. In this context, the OECD has offered its support to facilitate Lebanon’s reform efforts.

Building Consensus for Economic and Social Reform in Lebanon

The MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme is now working with the Economic and Social Council of Lebanon and key stakeholders to effectively lead social dialogue efforts on the country’s priorities. The project is financed by the German Foreign Office.


What can the OECD offer?

The Economic and Social Council of Lebanon can build on international experiences to become a modern and dynamic institution that makes a difference during this critical period. The OECD believes in the power of peer learning and the need to share experiences across countries. In light of this, the OECD will develop a programme to fast track such learning processes by:

  • bringing together Economic and Social Council peers from many countries including Belgium, Cote d’Ivoire, the EU, France, Germany and Morocco
  • mobilising a pool of international experts to share different tools for holding consultations, ensuring transparency and using available data for evidence-based analysis
  • organising seminars to address policy areas that are a priority for the government including anti-corruption policies, the social impact of fiscal reforms and initiatives to improve the business climate

Main objective

Ultimately, this project aims to develop a lasting culture of dialogue in Lebanon. Collective leadership is needed to improve the economic and social prospects for society. The OECD will support the Economic and Social Council of Lebanon so that it can play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the country.



27 February 2019
Beirut, Lebanon

Project launch:  Building Consensus for Economic and Social Reform in Lebanon

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