Despite the secondary role the industrial sector plays in the national economy, Lebanese industrial exports increased and became more sophisticated from 2000 to 2008. This is largely attributed to the increase in external demand shocks rather than an increase in productivity. The fact that local market capacity is small and saturated prompts producers to be outward looking as they aspire to grow and diversify their production. 

Continued low productivity in the sector is similar to what was observed in the 1960s and early 1970s when Lebanon failed to transform its economy despite a booming manufacturing sector. Now, to enhance productivity levels, Lebanon must prioritize the sector, invest in quality vocational training, improve infrastructure, support innovation, and provide assistance for developing industrial exports.' />
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Lebanon's Industrial Policy Must Focus on Developing Highly Soph

December 16, 2014 | English | Sami Atallah, Ilina Srour
Lebanon's Industrial Policy Must Focus on Developing Highly Sophisticated Exports

Despite the secondary role the industrial sector plays in the national economy, Lebanese industrial exports increased and became more sophisticated from 2000 to 2008. This is largely attributed to the increase in external demand shocks rather than an increase in productivity. The fact that local market capacity is small and saturated prompts producers to be outward looking as they aspire to grow and diversify their production. 

Continued low productivity in the sector is similar to what was observed in the 1960s and early 1970s when Lebanon failed to transform its economy despite a booming manufacturing sector. Now, to enhance productivity levels, Lebanon must prioritize the sector, invest in quality vocational training, improve infrastructure, support innovation, and provide assistance for developing industrial exports.






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