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City in Lebanon launches GIS

The Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Sidon a city in Lebanon launched a GIS project for the South with the participation of the Delegation of the European Commission in Lebanon. Recently a ceremony was held to mark the occasion at the chamber’s headquarters in the presence of South Governor Malek Abdel-Khaleq, chamber President Mohammad Zaatari, European Ambassador Patrick Renauld and several southern mayors. The chamber’s director general, Radwan Sabaa, said the two year project will provide data related to some 28,000 commercial establishments in Sidon, Tyre, and Nabatieh, without tackling geographic information.

The purpose behind building a GIS is to have a modern database that would be put at the service of investors, researchers, municipalities, universities, NGOs and others. Zaatari said the project was vital to enterprises and investors as it helps them stay up-to-date with all recent information. GIS allows officials to identify whole areas of competences and enterprise specialization, and indicates figures and evolutions.