On behalf of the World Patriarchal Maronite Foundation for Integral Development, organizer of Bkerke Socio-Economic Forum BSEF 2019, we thank each of you who attended the BSEF2019. In this very busy and hectic world, we appreciate you for taking the time and effort to join us in Bkerke, at the heart of our Mother Land,
We also thank you for your active participation by sharing your ideas and expertise. Your presence helped to make this event a great success and your enthusiasm and positive spirit made our time together both meaningful and productive.
We believe that our diverse and dynamic group of speakers and panelists and the discussions that followed provided in-depth insight, as well as, actionable and practical tools of engagement aiming at strengthening Christian presence in Lebanon.
We certainly hope that the conference has been all what you expected it to be, and that you have taken the opportunity to make new friends, renew old acquaintances and have enjoyed the back to the roots journey.
We wish you all the best and hope that you continue to be engaged with us for new events and activities
BSEF2019 Organization Committee
“Together we strengthen the roots of our youth”
We are most privileged and honored to hold our forum for the second consecutive year in the iconic Bkerke, the symbol of Christian presence in the Levant. I warmly express my gratitude to His Beatitude Mar Bechara Boutros Rai for his generous hospitality, but also for his continued unrelenting support. His determined efforts to serve our community are an unceasing source of inspiration. The 2019 Bkerke Socio-Economic Forum theme is: “Together we strengthen the roots of our youth”. During a two-day discussion, we will consider jointly how to leverage our capabilities in an effort to create jobs for our youth and strengthen Christian presence for many years to come. BSEF2019 will feature an engaging program of presentations and panel discussions covering wideranging issues relevant to our economy, from new technologies to manufacturing and agriculture, and from health to creative industry, etc. We will also explore the trends which shape our future and investment opportunities.
We are extremely proud this year to have prominent speakers from around the world to share their knowledge, inspire discussion and spark debate. All possess a track record of achievements and success and reflect the image of Lebanon we are proud of. At this point in time and despite all challenges, Lebanon remains an international hub for business. Its gifted people with their extensive expansion across the world are truly its major wealth. The core reason behind our mission is to bring them together and get them connected. It is supposed that connectivity is opportunity. It is indeed an opportunity to discover our values, to connect with families and friends; to locate or offer a job, to embark on a business venture… Yes indeed, Connectivity is what BSEF is all about!
Vice-President WPF Salim G. Sfeir