Minister of Information, Manal Abdel Samad, read the following statement after the Cabinet session at Baabda Palace on Friday.
“The Council of Ministers held its weekly meeting at 2:00 pm at Baabda Palace, headed by President Michel Aoun, and attended by Prime Minister Hassan Diab and the ministers.
At the beginning of the session, President Aoun renewed his wishes on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, calling on addressing the issues that had accumulated as a result of the holiday, especially those related to the economic sectors, after the endorsement of the McKinsey plan that laid out a general vision of the situation in Lebanon on the productive sectors. He considered that it is necessary for everyone to cooperate in both the public and private sectors to reach quick measures to boost the economy.
President Aoun added: “With regard to the electricity plan, I asked the Council of Ministers to reconsider the decision taken during the previous session, for the public interest and not from any private interest. The plan noted the establishment of three electricity production plants in Zahrani, Deir Ammar, and Selaata. Whereas, the Deir Ammar plant is still suspended for known reasons, and the Zouk and Jiyeh plants are old and there is a need to replace them with new ones, which imposes the establishment of alternative plants, including Selaata plant, and since the study prepared stats securing electrisity 24/7, therefore the project is of importance in relation to negotiations with international institutions, so it is necessary to proceed with the electricity plan as was planned in the year 2019, and based on the decision of the previous government. “
PM Diab said: “With regard to the electricity plan, the Council of Ministers affirms its adherence to the ministerial statement in terms of the electricity plan and its implementation of previous government decisions No. 1 of 4/8/2019 and No. 1 of 10/21/2019, which included establishing electric power production plants, and consider that Cabinet Decision No. 2 on 5/25/2020 come in the context of implementing this plan without contradicting the others.”
The Cabinet reviewed the agenda and took the following decisions:
– Approving the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants to extend the mandate of the UNIFIL in south Lebanon for a period of one year ending on August 31, 2021.
– Approving the request of the Ministry of Agriculture to authorize the Minister to sign a draft agreement that includes technical assistance and a gift in-kind with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) for enhancing the livelihoods and food security of the host communities of displaced Syrians in both Lebanon and Jordan, by promoting sustainable agricultural development”.
– Approving the request of the Ministry of Social Affairs to renew the joint contracts between the Ministry, NGOs, and religious organizations from 1/1/2019 to 12/31/2020.
– The Cabinet also decided in principle to approve the use of Ghosta plant for sorting and treating household solid waste, after Phoenix Energy agreed to the government’s terms.
– Finally, the Cabinet decided to postpone the appointments until next Thursday’s session.