Welcome and Introduction: Workshop goals and expected outcomes

Dr. Abul-ilah Mikati welcomed the workshop audience passing regards from his Excellency Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who continually encourages innovative research and work that directly benefits the society. Dr. Mikati explained how LSTP is founded to incubate and encourage scientific research and innovative ideas that will hopefully contribute in launching investment funds to support the commercialization of these innovative projects to create more job opportunities and develop our local economy. Dr. Mikati highlighted the collaboration and complete support of the ESCWA Technology Center and deeply thanked its director, Dr. Fouad Mrad, who has initially proposed this workshop and helped make it happen.

In his welcoming speech, Dr. Fouad Mrad has expressed his appreciation of the foundation of LSTP especially during the current circumstances and has highlighted the workshop goals, mainly how we can build on the LSTP initiative and utilize the good capabilities of university researchers and innovators to advance our economy and attempt to solve few of our economic problems like brain drain by creating more job opportunities in the region.


Dr. Fouad Mrad