Lebanon emerged from the war in the early 1990s and within a few years had embarked upon a major programme to reconstruct its social and urban infrastructure. After tourism, the industrial sector had suffered the most. Many factories were destroyed and have not been rebuilt.
International consultants, planners, designers, architects, industrialists and academics were recruited to regenerate the country. Many Lebanese were amongst these specialists drawn from major organizations around the word. The local community too became involved with the programme, with past differences put aside to confront the new challenge.
Lebanon is a small country with a small population, but its heritage of trading since Phoenician times ensures that international exporters should have an interest.