The Business Incubation Association in Tripoli (BIAT) at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tripoli and North Lebanon (CCIAT), on behalf of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument Cross-Border Cooperation Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme (ENPI CBCMED) portfolio of projects, invited on June 26, 2014 representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon (CCIA-BML) as well as representatives of Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) for the launch of the BIAT PRIME Project (Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries). The event was held on the premises of the BIAT at the CCIAT.
During the launch, Director of the BIAT Mr. Fawaz Hamidi provided the audience with an overview of the BIAT, which focused on its core functions and the important role it plays in creating facilities and job opportunities through socio-economic development projects in North Lebanon. For his part, President of the CCIAT Mr. Toufic Dabbousi expounded on the historic role of the jewelry industry in the Lebanese society; He also added that, “Creativity has proven to be the most important element required to attract both local and regional business.”
The President of the Syndicate of Jewelers in Tripoli and the North Mr. Khaled al-Namel praised the initiatives of the CCIAT and its partners. He said that such initiatives would succeed in providing the jewelry industry in Tripoli with new opportunities. Mr. Al-Namel also gave a brief historical overview of the profession’s background, noting its uniqueness. He cited the jewelry market in Tripoli as one of the most remarkable markets in the Arab world given its distinctive designs and famous craftsmen. Mr. Al-Namel, however, believes that the industry today has fallen into a pit of despondency due to economic and social hardships. Despite the presence of many small factories, he said, the industry is suffering from a lack of resources and limited access to modern techniques. He was confident, however, that the PRIME Project would undoubtedly contribute toward helping the gold industry develop and grow.
The representative of the CCIA-BML Mrs. Aline Farajian revealed the mission of the CCIA-BML and its projects aimed at providing positive socio-economic impacts, including the PRIME Project. For his part, Director of the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) at NDU Dr. Roger Hajjar presented the profile of the University and provided the audience with a summary of the University’s involvement in a diverse range of projects. He also noted NDU’s willingness to collaborate with all the partners in implementing the PRIME Project.
As a final point, BIAT Project Coordination Officer Ms. Guida Minkara highlighted the objectives of the project, which include the fostering of intergenerational learning among silver/goldsmiths, the development of transferable mentoring schemes for intergenerational learning, and the transfer of core skills in the silver/goldsmithing and gemology sectors. Ms. Minkara made it clear that the targeted groups are young entrepreneurs who are planning to start up or who have recently started a business or taken over an existing family business, or young entrepreneurs who are preparing to run their family business in the silver/goldsmithing and gemology sectors. She concluded by saying that the main objective of the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential by financing cooperation projects, as a contribution toward the economic, social, environmental, and cultural development of the Mediterranean region.
The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is located in the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, Italy. Project partners include Lebanon, Egypt, Italy, and Greece. The total budget for the project is €819,071 of which the EU has funded €737,163 (90% of the total cost).
ABOUT the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme
The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral Cross-Border Cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The Programme objective is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental, and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The following countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria (participation currently suspended), Tunisia. The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official Programme languages are Arabic, English and French (www.enpicbcmed.eu).