Lebanese gains from Syrian rebuilding may be limited

Monday, July 1, 2019


Lebanese plans to gain from Syria's reconstruction.


Lebanon has promoted its northern coastal city of Tripoli as a potential gateway to Syria, the border with which lies just 30 kilometres north of the town. Beirut hopes for a major economic boost from the flow of goods and materials through Tripoli’s port and on into Syria. However, there are obstacles to this initiative, including Tripoli’s Sunni-majority demographic make-up and its lack of capacity to add value to imports.


  • Where possible, the Syrian government will favour local ports and companies.
  • Tripoli's potential gains will focus on the port and associated services through increased custom and possibly infrastructure development.
  • Some benefit could come to the furniture industry in northern Lebanon.
  • Political settlements in Syria’s north-west will be controversial and may re-ignite Sunni-Shia conflict in Tripoli.
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