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Lebanon

The Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon (CCIA-BML)

The Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon (CCIA-BML) is a non-profit private organization working for the public benefit. The CCIA-BML was established in 1898 and is the largest of the four Lebanese Chambers that are regulated by Ministerial Decree No 36/67 enacted in 1967. Decree No 36/67 awarded the Lebanese Chambers the exclusive rights to the provision of services to business enterprises namely, the issuance of certificates of origin and the authentication of invoices and commercial documents.

Promoting the business interests of its member enterprises is one of the principal objectives of the Chamber. The CCIA-BML's membership roster currently includes over 14,000 Lebanese businesses, located in two main districts : the Beirut district and the Mount Lebanon district. Some 70 percent of businesses operating in Lebanon are located in these two districts.

The CCIA-BML's strategy aims at stimulating all sectors of economic activity and enabling them to contribute to the development of a strong and competitive national economy. This is to be achieved through the elimination of the impediments hindering private investment.

Within that perspective, the Chamber has reinforced the existing partnership between the private and the public sectors, and tightened coordination with other Chambers, sectoral associations and organizations of the civil society.

The Chamber has been certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) since 2004 and has successfully sustained the quality requirements of that certification.

The CCIA-BML head office is conveniently located in Central Beirut, and houses a research center, training facilities, and conference and exhibition spaces. The CCIA-BML has branches in Jounieh, Baakline, and Sin El Fil.

Headquarter
Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut & Mount Lebanon

CCIA-BML Building,
1 justinien street, Sanayeh
POBox:11 1801 Beirut, Lebanon
Phone:+961 1 353190
Fax:+961 1 353395

Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture in Sidon and Soutn Lebanon

The Chamber was established in 1933 as a non - profit organization under public law , with the aim of protecting and prompting economic interests by developing a constructive relationship between the private the and the public entities.

The chamber enjoys administrative and financial independence and is under the tutelage of the Ministry of Economy and Trade. To that end, the chamber provides the concerned ministry with a yearly activity report, its yearly budget and an audited financial statement. CCI also enjoys close links with government ministries and agencies thus ensuring a speedy exchange of information.

The chamber has been entrusted by the government with the task of attesting invoices and issuing certificates of origin and submitting of commercial documents relating to the export of goods from Lebanon.
Objectives

The CCI Objectives are targeted at two levels: to take care of member's interest, and at the same time, to represent the country's economic sectors.

Its Objectives can be summarized as follows:
Rebuilding the human and structural capacities of SME's, and advancing its efficiency and ability to perform its functions.
Serving as a special platform to address the concerns of the business community and to put accross to the government the business views of the private sector.
Developing relationships and working closely with local, regional and International organizations to produce and fund workshops, seminars as well as conferences on various economic topics.
Providing information and a network of contacts to potential members and to businessmen with direct Lebanese business dealings, as well as to those who have an intention to do business in Lebanon.
Looking forward to enhance stronger relationships among its members, coordinating activities, requests, and needs of all productive sectors.
Developing its world wide web internet site with a plan for regular update, links to other sites, and creative expansion.
Establishing an information administration center with the aim to promote the efficient and effective use of information gathered, and formalize this information as a key asset in the business development of the South Region.
Ensuring potential improvement of job efficiency and productivity within the chamber's workplace.

Relationships

The chamber maintains strong cooperation and coordination links with the Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Lebanon. CCI has also strong contacts with many leading Lebanese Business organizations and chambers.

The chamber also maintains strong ties with several regional and international chambers and Federations including:
General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for the Arab Countries
Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry
International Chamber of Commerce
Arab Federations and Chambers of Commerce
National and Regional Chambers
Foreign - Arab Chambers of Commerce

Chamber of commerce, industry and agriculture bldg.
Boulevard Maarouf Saad
Saida , Lebanon
P.O.Box:
41 Saida , Lebanon
Tel.: +961-7-720123