: Lebanon's information portal International 144 33 Hakim launches committee in favor of consumer protection Economy and Trade Minister, Alain Hakim, on Wednesday launched a committee tasked to solve divergences in the scope of protecting the consumer. The launching event took place in the context of a press conference held by Hakim at Fadlallah supports endorsing wage hike Member of Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc, Hassan Fadlallah, said on Sunday during a funeral ceremony in Bint Jbeil that he and his Bloc plan to support endorsing the wage scale project law in upcoming general session away from the CGT warning against added tax burdens The workers' Central General Trade Union (C.G.T), warned against added tax burdens incumbent upon the poor and low-income in a press release read by CGT boss Ghassan Ghosn today. The CGT cited international facts and figures related Francois Bassil: "Banks Association did not describe Deputies as thieves" The President of the Lebanese Banks Association, François Bassil, said on Friday that the Association had not described members of Parliament as thieves, but had simply claimed administrative reforms. Bassil spoke at a press HORECA 2014: A brands window into the hospitality industry Free, delicious juice, free mixed nuts, dessert assortments, dairy products, drink samples from alcoholic beverage brands... Lanes and lanes of decorated stands dedicated to food and beverage brands, as well as restaurant equipment, Stock market activity up 99% to $119m in first quarter of 2014 Figures released by the Beirut Stock Exchange indicate that the total trading volume reached 17.4 million shares in the first quarter of 2014, constituting an increase of 84.2% from the same quarter of 2013; while aggregate turnover Real estate owners hold elections of union council members, call for rally on Tuesday The union of proprietors of real estate and leased buildings held its first meeting this Sunday at the Comfort Hotel in Hazmieh in the presence of representative of the Ministry of Labour. 12 persons were elected as board members Lebanon week in Jeddah: Hakim calls on Saudi to invest and visit Lebanon The Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon (CCIAMBL) in collaboration with Jeddah's Chamber of Commerce launched Lebanese Week in Jeddah, under the patronage of Economy and Trade Minister, Alain Raad: Development must be speeded up to attain stability Development must be accelerated for the attainment of stability, head of Hizbullah's parliamentarian Bloc Muhammad Raad, exclaimed before supporters in Ghaziyyeh near Saida today. With the endorsement of the salary scales bill, Number of tourist arrivals in Lebanon down 13% in first two months of 2014 The number of incoming tourists to Lebanon totaled 145,891 in the first two months of 2014, constituting a decrease of 13.4% from 168,471 tourists in the same period last year, a decline of 24.6% from 193,383 tourists in the first