Lebanon is a country of wonders and miracles ranging from famous artists and singers like “Fayrouz” to brilliant poets and writers like Gibran khaleel Gibran and from magnificent nature to many scientists and inventors of Lebanese descent scattered in the world. Hence, one of the wonders of Lebanon is its firm and prosperous banking sector which contributes to turning Beirut into an important regional financial center and providing support and guarantee to the whole Lebanese economy.
I do remember year 1990, the first day in my whole life as a 7 years old, to see the feeble light coming out of the old lamps in my house. That was a big deal, why? Because that was the day electricity was restored to my village after 15 years of bloody dark civil war.
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It has been obvious and clear that Lebanese economy has surpassed local unstable political situation and the global financial crisis in the past years; thanks to the careful and smart monetary policy of the central bank (that avoided much investment in highly risky financial tools and kept away from giving loans without taking adequate guarantees and making enough assessment for each bank customer who requests a loan). The governor of the central bank, Riad Salami, has been rewarded an international prize because Lebanese banking management and system have been proved successful. Besides, Lebanon has been one of few countries in the world that has had an economic growth of 9% and 8% in 2008 and 2009 respectively.