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National Conference on Sustainable Packaging
05.10.11
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LibanPack, with the support of UNIDO Regional Office in Beirut, organized the National Conference on Sustainable Packaging that took place on October 5 2011 at Adnan Kassar Edifice for Arab Economy, under the patronage and the presence of H.E. Minister of Industry Mr. Frej Sabounjian and in cooperation with ALI (the Association of Lebanese Industrialists) and the Syndicate of Owners of Paper and Packaging Industries in Lebanon.
Around 350 people attended the conference ranging from ministers, ambassadors, UN agencies, representatives of economic associations, industrialists, academics, businessmen, and design agencies.
The conference, which is the first of its kind in Lebanon, aims primarily to increase awareness on the latest technologies for sustainable packaging materials  to increase the competitiveness of the Lebanese  industry and enable it to access global markets while  ensuring conformity with international standards.

LibanPackDirector Ms. Soha Atallah,  inauguratedthe opening session of the conference by stressing on  LibanPack role in supporting Lebaneseindustries in adopting environmental friendly packaging . She pointed out thatLibanPack was founded by UNIDO MACLE Project funded by Switzerland  in 2008 with the support of the Associationof Lebanese Industrialist and Syndicate of Packaging in Lebanon. 
President ofthe Arab  Federation of Chambers ofCommerce H. E Mr.  Adnan Kassar Ex- Ministerof Economy & Trade expressed his belief that sustainable developmentmust be  a crucial part of the Arabdevelopment strategies, including the development of legislation and appropriateframework for governing the conditions of sustainability, in conjunction withthe provision of appropriate incentives to encourage investment in sustainablepackaging industry. 
The Presidentof LibanPack Dr. Fady Gemayel  consideredthat the policy of sustainability  is the cornerstone in the strategy ofproduction. He pointed out that Lebanon  has been a pioneer in the recycling industrysince 1929, and specifically in the process of recycling paper. 
He added that given the high cost of production in Lebanon, Lebanese Industriesshould focus on increasing the quality and the innovation to increase the value of Lebanese  products and their competitiveness where  the role of LibanPack is of great importance. 
The Minister of Industry H.E Mr. Sabounjian  summarized the theme of the Conference withthe Principle of the  3Rs : ReduceRecycle  and Reuse  of packaging materials.  He also expressed his deep appreciation forthe Lebanese industries in adopting the latest innovation to differentiateLebanese products from other competitors.  Moreover he acknowledged the fact thatLebanese products have added value in export market.
Leadinginternational & local speakers from prominent companies and organizationssuch as FEFCO, Nestle, Pepsi CO , Rexam ESCWA,  uncovered global trends andopportunities in the field of sustainable packaging  along with real case studies of applyingsustainable packaging in their supply chain 
  
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