Back from Lebanon

An interview with Alessandro Zanini


Now that the mission to Lebanon has come to an end, we have interviewed the President of Assorestauro, Mr. Alessandro Zanini, who took part to the mission and to the meetings organized by the Association abroad.

1. The mission to Lebanon has just come to an end. Workshops, technical meetings, site visits and b2b encounters, how did it all go?

Well, vey well, I'd say. The missions abroad are always an interesting chance for all the people involved and this time I can tell that all the activities were quite lively indeed. We had excellent exchanges with our counterparts. ICE gave us a great opportunity to learn and understand the sector and the country. We spoke matter-of-factly bout what we can do together.
Sure, Lebanon is currently living a tricky situation, we know it, but as soon as the regional area becomes stable, then the country will be able to offer concrete opportunities. The Lebanese maintain that the reconstruction of Syria will go through Lebanon.
ICE Agenzia proved once again they are skilled and proactive in coordinating the activities, which were, in my opinion, particularly interesting.
During b2b encounters, the members of Assorestauro involved in the mission had about ten contacts each. This is particularly meaningful if you consider that in Lebanon there is no such restorer as we intend the job. Actually, we met general contractors or builders. For the people who manage contracts there, choosing the Italian way means getting solid criteria. Some of our members have already started working in Lebanon and have long-time close relationships with Lebanese builders.

2. Like for all missions, the chance is great to start new contacts and consolidate former relations. What developments are expected for the future? Will there be further chances for exchange?

The goal of the meetings is certainly consolidating relations for the Association and turning these encounters into concrete actions, e.g. applying for contracts or starting efficient partnerships.
What we need to do now, after this mission, is exactly finding concrete ways to work in the Lebanese territory, but of course in some areas only and not where safety is still not guaranteed.
The mission also offered the chance to make contacts with an importact actor, i.e. the UNESCO manager for Syria crisis, where we wish to provide our contribution too.
Concerning the near future, we are planning to start a number of targeted actions in some application sectors by the end of this year. In fact, we need to consider that service suppliers will have greater opportunities but also different difficulties, as compared to product manufacturers. While the latter work on orders and their sales meet problems concerning the shipping and transport of materials or products, service suppliers will have to manage their trade relations and tackle more complicated mechanisms and more articulated paths. Actually, the goal of Assorestauro in Lebanon is now consolidating the relations nurtured until today with themed workshops by the end of the year, with a view to activating these complex mechanisms for all types of businesses involved in Assorestauro.