French official urges Lebanese gov’t for more reforms

A French official has urged the Lebanese government to discuss additional reforms in the next few weeks, the National News Agency reported.

“The government must discuss reforms related to the public sector, tax evasion and customs,” Pierre Duquesne, French inter-ministerial delegate to the Mediterranean, said during his meeting with Lebanese Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil in Beirut.

Duquesne also asked the government to approve the 2020 state budget.

“The 2020 state budget should be approved quickly to send positive signals to the international community and the Lebanese people,” he said.

Lebanon has approved its 2019 state budget which constitutes one of the conditions imposed by the CEDRE, but the country still needs to approve the 2020 state budget and implement numerous other reforms.

The CEDRE is an international conference which pledged to release 11 billion U.S. dollars in loans and donations for Lebanon on condition that the country makes serious reforms.