The Lebanese Government has approved final plans for rebuilding the commercial centre of beirut. The?
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Background: The Lebanese Government has approved final plans for rebuilding the commercial centre of beirut. The city was once the recognised trade capital of the Arab world, but the 19-month civil war which ended on October 1976 left the once-sophisticated Lebanese capital devastated.
SYNOPSIS: Recent outbreaks of fierce fighting between right-wing gunmen and the Syrian peacekeeping troops have done nothing to help, for foreign investors have been cautious to invest in Beirut while unrest continues. The Prime Minister Dr. Selim al-Hoss recently listed the four main kinds of reconstruction needs. They are social works, basic services and utilities, the private sector and security. The total cost of rehabilitating housing alone might exceed 1,000-million Lebanese pounds. Meanwhile resourceful traders have established street markets and cafes among the ruins.
A French team drew up preliminary reconstruction plans last year. At a recent news conference, the Governor of Beirut, Mr. Mitri al-Nammar explained work worth 500-million Lebanese pounds would begin shortly.