On May 9, the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (LIMS) released the first video from its recent landmark LIMS Leadership Academy, which brought together activists and staff from six different political parties in Lebanon to learn sound economic principles. Titled “Economic Foundations of a Free and Prosperous Lebanon,” the event attracted 85 participants from an array of ideological backgrounds who participated in six simultaneous workshops tailored to the backgrounds of each of the different parties.
“The atmosphere was electric and attendees were breathing economic liberty,” said LIMS founder Dr. Patrick Mardini. “The competition was also a benchmark for us to measure the degree of penetration of ideas. Participants argued for cutting down government bureaucracy, privatizing electricity, freeing trade, reducing taxes on businesses, etc.”
Mardini reported that the Free Patriotic Movement, the Lebanese Forces, the National Liberal Party (Chamoun), Azem (Mikati), the Kataeb party, and Marada (Frangieh) each sent 10-15 highly active members who are expected to play an important role in the upcoming parliamentary elections on May 21.
Attendees used their participation in the two days of workshops to develop Elevator Pitch presentations. At the end of the event, each party’s team competed with their own one-minute speech highlighting in brief their best ideas for free-market reform.