Lebanon’s infrastructure fails to meet the basic needs of the citizen and the economy, and the existing one suffers from a lack of regular maintenance.
When it comes to approving structural projects, political clientelism and electoral interests prevail over scientific planning and coordination between departments.
Some infrastructure-related needs are made up with the aim of serving corruption and clientelism.
Second - The principles:
Some of the state’s main roles are to secure advanced and well-maintained infrastructure essential for economic growth, attracting investments, and preserving the citizens’ interests, dignity and health.
Investments in a country that has an advanced and efficient infrastructure increase the return on such investments, especially in the digital and knowledge economy fields.
A national scientific approach to infrastructure planning should be adopted on the national level, which would contribute to reconciliation amongst the Lebanese people, thus breaking barriers between them.
Third - The vision:
Balanced urban development between regions must be applied, as stipulated in paragraph (k) of the preamble to the Constitution.
Affordable and clean energy must be provided by producing it with gas rather than fuel, and Lebanon must rely, to the extent possible, on renewable energy sources like hydro, wind and solar.
A pooled transport policy for passengers and goods should be adopted, and a strategic plan for the use of railways as well as sea and air facilities should be established to ease road congestions on the one hand, and link Lebanon to international trade lines on the other hand. This would result in creating job opportunities and social justice.
The use of water resources should be rationalized through a comprehensive guideline that guarantees the proper use of water and the development using national networks to distribute drinking water and to treat and refine wastewater.
The telecommunication network should be developed by using fiber optics given their importance in the 21st-century economy.
Waste must be processed while prioritizing the environment and public health, and all projects that do not abide by these two priorities must be rejected.