In the opening of the 4th Diaspora Energy Conference in North America, the Mayor of the District of Columbia (Washington DC), Muriel Bowser, made a keynote speech stressing on the importance of the Lebanese presence in America.
In her words, mayor Bowser stressed, "[I am] proud that Washington, which I preside over its municipality, hosts this Lebanese crowd from all over the United States and Canada."
She also stated being proud that Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil visited them, pointing out, "The Lebanese are distinguished by standing out to their roots, and that they gather all their talents and ideas to make the world a better place for life where they are."
Mayor Muriel Bowser went on applauding whom she called her friend, Lebanese businessman Rudy Sekali, for his achievements in building schools in Washington, and asked the Lebanese, "who represent a huge power in America, to support the projects presented by the US Congress."
Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Gebran Bassil started the Lebanese Diaspora Energy conference (LDE) in Lebanon in 2014 upon becoming aware of the value that the Lebanese diaspora in the world represents, and the need to foster Lebanon’s relationship with them on meaningful and sustainable grounds.
This unique event has become an annual ritual, gathering eminent people of the Lebanese Diaspora in Beirut to celebrate their stories of success, engage in a strong and symbiotic partnership with their fellow countrymen, and seek investment opportunities in Lebanon.
LDE makes yearly the journey to various destinations in the world, where regional conferences are held to promote the concept of "Lebanity", encourage the Lebanese Diaspora to visit and invest in Lebanon and celebrate their stories of success.
A few days ago, The fourth Diaspora Energy Conference covering North America was held for two days in DC and was attended by more than 800 Lebanese who came from all over the United States and Canada.
The event was led by a number of members of the US House of Representatives, Lebanese Senate, MP Michel Moawad, as well as prominent personalities from various sectors, and a group of businessmen and businesswomen, engineers, doctors, and environmentalists.