The event was held in the presence of H.E. Dr. Hamad Hassan, Minister of Public Health; H.E. Mr. Abbas Mortada, Minister of Agriculture; H.E. Mrs. Lamia Yammine Douaihy, Minister of Labor; HE. Ms. Nicoletta Bombardiere, Ambassador of Italy to Lebanon; H.E. Mr. Okubo Takeshi, Ambassador of Japan to Lebanon; and Mr. Claudio Cordone, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim. The initiative has been funded by Italy and Japan and comes as a preventive measure to support the Ministry of Industry´s efforts to develop and disseminate specific procedures to help the industrial sector to cope with COVID-19 and prevent the spread of the pandemic throughout all processing steps of the value chain.
The guidance document is designed to be used in all phases of the industrial process, from reception of raw material to handling, manufacturing, and distribution, and it is expected to raise awareness from industrialists and workers on the required measures to be applied inside their factories to prevent the expansion of COVID-19. Recommendations have also been provided on the organizational and managerial levels to help industries boost their resilience to COVID-19. The document is available online and it can be downloaded from the Ministry of Industry´s official website www.industry.gov.lb . It will also be enforced through a short animated video that will be disseminated on TV and social media channels.