The President of the Council for Development and Reconstruction, Eng. Nabil El-Jisr and the Head of the Funding Department in the Council Dr. Wafaa Charafeddine, paid a business trip to Italy where they met on 20/05/2010 with the Director General of the Directorate General for Development Cooperation, Ms. Elisabeth Bellone, in the presence of the Directorate's working team and the Italian Ambassador in Lebanon, Mr. Gabriel Checchia. On the Lebanese side the Ambassador of Lebanon to Italy, Mr. Melhem Mesto and. Eng. Fadi Fawaz, designated by the Council of Ministers Presidency, attended the meeting.
The discussions focused on the problems which are being faced when implementing a number of projects funded by grants and protocols provided by the Italian government. A number of actions were taken to speed up the work in a number of projects. Moreover the Italian side pledged to adopt executive decisions relating to the water and sanitation projects in Jbail and the treatment plants in Harajel and Mishmish, before the end of June 2010.