Duquesne visits Hariri: Strong expectation from the international community of a government that can implement CEDRE decisions

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri received this afternoon at the Center House the French Ambassador and Interministerial Delegate to the Mediterranean, Pierre Duquesne.

At the end of the meeting, Duquesne said:

"I am Pierre Duquesne, the Interministerial Delegate for the Mediterranean, who has prepared the CEDRE Conference and is monitoring its follow up. The meeting I had with the Prime Minister-designate and the other talks I had in Beirut with government structures working with bilateral and multilateral donors show that everyone wants to implement the decisions taken at the April 6 conference on the three fronts that formed the equilibrium of the conference: the implementation of infrastructure projects that had been presented by the Lebanese government at the time and that should be prioritized, the implementation of the funding for these projects and the implementation of the reforms.

I remind you that CEDRE meant Economic Conference for Development through Reforms and with Businesses. The work is being done with the idea of ensuring, through mechanisms that we agreed at the conference, the follow-up of the conference. It was not a dated event. It creates a process that needs to be put in place. By hypothesis, it will be put in place perfectly when there will be a Lebanese government. We all want, and my country more than any other, if I may say, that this happens quickly. Nevertheless, work can be done with the caretaker government and we are doing this on a number of fronts for the CEDRE follow-up.

In the conclusions of the conference, we set out three mechanisms: the creation of a website for the general public, which will make it possible to follow the projects, their financing and reforms, and then two coordination groups that should be put in place as soon as there is a government, one in Beirut, very operational, and one that will bring together representatives of the capitals of major donors and of international organizations with a more strategic vision. For all that, there is a work of reflection. It can only be implemented when there is a government. It is not a question of anticipating the political decisions that this government will have to make but of preparing things technically.

Of course, there is a strong expectation from the international community that there rapidly is a government, and that, as it has been months since CEDRE, this government can quickly put in place and implement all the decisions. Some of them are political but others are technical.

Lastly, I had the opportunity to meet this morning with the Speaker of Parliament and I am pleased that Parliament is also keen to put in place what was planned by CEDRE. This confirms that the contract we passed together, the international community and Lebanon on April 6, is the reference and is still valid and we welcome it.

Source: National News Agency