Bassil delivered a speech, on behalf of President Sleiman, whereby he welcomed the delegation of the International Organization of Vine and Wine and deemed their visit to Lebanon as an expression of appreciation for the wine industry in our country.
"I have the honor to be charged by the President of the Republic, Michel Sleiman, to represent him at this conference and to convey his warm greetings to all attendees, especially Lebanon's guests of the International Organization of Vine and Wine," he said first.
Bassil did not fail to thank the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) for hosting this important event which conveys to the world a message of cultural diversity and humane uniqueness, from a country described by Blessed John Paul II as the "message".
Bassil proudly said that the Lebanese wine had made a big leap in terms of quality and quality, and had become proof of our country's diversity and freedom of belief.
"Production is increasing over 10% yearly and the consumption as well, not to mention the steady increase in export which is currently beyond the million and a half bottles per year," he added.
Minister Bassil said "the credit for this goes to Lebanon's nature, soil and sun in the first place, and to the human potentials it enjoys, not to forget the role played by the state recently and all the care and attention we hope to turn into support and stimulation."
He shed light on the positive results and the dynamic action shown by the Ministry of Agriculture which helped issue a decree on the establishment of the Institute of vine and Wine and worked on the formation of a Board of Directors for this institute.
"It also helped in the success of the Lebanese Wine Day last May in Paris - France. We are working hard to make of this Day an annual event to be celebrated in different capitals of the world, rising up the message of the Lebanese wine."
"This conference is an expression of hope, at a time where our national economy faces several difficulties. This wine sector's activity is a means for the revitalization of the economy, and we want it to be as productive as could be," Bassil concluded.