UNDP & Lebanon Discuss Eco-Friendly Alternatives For Public Transport Sector


Dr. Ali Hamieh, caretaker Minister of Public Works and Transportation, hosted a meeting with a delegation representing the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), headed by Melanie Hauenstein, UNDP’s Resident Representative in Lebanon.

The delegation, along with Dr. Hamieh discussed “Lebanon’s Sustainable Low-emission Transport Systems” project.

The discussions included plans to develop and rehabilitate the public transport sector based on renewable, low-emission, and environment-friendly energy.

Furthermore, the discussions involved intentions to build experimental public transportation connecting Beirut, Byblos, and Tripoli, centered around the usage of eco-friendly energy rather than the fuel.

Dr. Hamieh expressed his “openness to all foreign organizations assisting Lebanon, including the UNDP”.

The Caretaker Minister also insisted on the importance of updating the “laws, rules, and controls that aid in reform” as the studies previously organized by UN programs may not be “applicable for Lebanon today.”

He communicated his willingness to collaborate with UNDP to develop a new framework for all projects that may bring people together and alleviate their pain to the ministries concerned.

In addition, he plans to work on key projects that will “put Lebanon on the political map in the region.”

He also expressed his desire to cooperate with stakeholders “to prepare a new legal framework for partnerships between the public and private sectors” as the public sector cannot evolve without the private sector, he noted.

Hamieh directed all involved in the Ministry to coordinate with UNDP to complete and make this experiment a success. This, according to him, is the foundation for developing cooperative transportation sectors using renewable energy.

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