Stimulating Business Growth in Lebanon through Special Economic Zones

Tripoli, Lebanon

Jean-Paul Gauthier was with the World Bank when tasked with helping establish Lebanon's special economic zone (SEZ) program from 2005-2006. Lebanon was concerned with ensuring that growth reached less developed regions and, with Jean-Paul's technical assistance, passed the Tripoli SEZ Law and designed an administrative structure. The Tripoli SEZ was hoped to catalyze growth in poorer areas through business linkages and prove the effectiveness of regulatory reforms.