The Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Lebanon (FCCIAL) was established in 1997 as the national umbrella of the four regional Chambers in Lebanon. They are:
- The Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Beirut and Mount Lebanon (CCIABML)
CCIABML was established in 1887. It is an institution for public benefit and has an independent legal personality. The Chamber promotes the development of business enterprises. Today, it represents more than 15,000 firms, most of which are SMEs. With such a strong base, CCIABML is one of the main reference organizations for Lebanon's business establishments. Link to chamber website: www.ccib.org.lb
- The Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Saida and the South (CCIAS)
CCIAS 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 private and public entities. 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. Link to chamber website: www.ccias.org.lb
- The Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Tripoli and the North (CCIAT)
CCIAT was established in 1870; it has a long and proud tradition of serving the interests of the business community. CCIAT is a not-for-profit public utility organization, specialized in supporting trade, industry, agriculture and services. The Chamber is committed to improve economic vitality and quality of life in the region, by providing a wide range of services that will enable businesses to prosper, reflecting a dynamic and modern environment. Link to chamber website: www.cciat.org.lb
- The Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Zahle and the Bekaa (CCIAZ)
The CCIAZ was established in 1939 and represents the interests of the commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors in the Bekaa. CCIAZ provides information, proposals and projects aiming at the development of the Lebanese economy to government departments and affiliated members, facilitates contacts between members and local authorities and foreign embassies, resolves disputes among members by means of reconciliation or arbitration, delivers certificates of origin, validates bills and documents as well as the signatures of registered members, and provides information about the dates and venues of international exhibitions Link to chamber website: www.cciaz.org.lb
Charting a New Direction
The Federation's new strategic direction, as outlined below, will revolve around a commitment to work in unison with regional Chambers to realize FCCIAL's main functions and reach new milestones.
FCCIAL coordinates among the four Lebanese Chambers, with the aim of achieving, sustaining and driving their common interests. FCCIAL's main activities include, among others:
- Unifying the efforts of regional Chambers to promote the interests of the national economy.
- Representing the interests of the regional Chambers vis-à-vis local and international official entities.
- Coordinating with relevant entities to build a national consensus on important economic issues.
- Exchanging views and expertise with international institutions with the aim of driving and promoting the national economy.
- Coordinating and liaising with all Arab and international Federations.
- Coordinating among Chambers to create synergies, enhance complementarities, optimize the delivery of services and avoid duplication.
- Organizing and participating in economic conferences and international exhibitions.
- Collecting and analyzing economic data..
In the past few years, the Federation endeavored to achieve its objectives against the backdrop of difficult economic and political conditions. During that time, FCCIAL upheld its commitment and determination to support enterprises from all sectors, including industry, tourism and trade, in coordination with other economic organizations in Lebanon as well as relevant authorities.
In that connection, the Federation closely monitored economic developments in the country, including fiscal and monetary policies, privatization, trade facilitation and trade agreements, by participating actively in private sector-public sector committees and councils.
Furthermore, this period also witnessed major developments concerning trade liberalization represented by multilateral agreements, such as the Greater Arab Free Trade Area, the World Trade Organization, and the Lebanon-EU Association Agreement, as well as bilateral agreements with several countries. Again, the Federation was at the forefront of efforts to expand trade relations and promote Lebanese exports.
The Federation cooperated closely with the General Union for the Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Arab Countries on issues that are of common interest among Arab states. The Federation also enhanced its involvement in joint Chambers with many countries, and participated in several international exhibitions to promote Lebanese goods and the "Lebanon Brand." The DecreeThe Bylaws