Euro Mediterranean Intercultural Dialogue Forum Celebrating Lebanon, the 35th Member State of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

Lebanese American University - Byblos Campus - Selina Korban Auditorium

Under the Patronage of His Excellency, President of the Republic General Michel Aoun and represented by His Excellency Minister of Tourism Eng. Walid Nassar, the Lebanese American University and the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism, with the participation of the Ministry of Foreign affairs, and Ministry of Environmentshall launch the Euro Mediterranean Intercultural Dialogue Forum in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Agriculture, the European Institute of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, La Rotta dei Fenici, Routes of the Olive Tree, Iter Vitis Route(Wine Route), and Routes of El legado Andalusí’ by the Umayyad Route.

The Forum will focus on enhancing the joint mission of the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism and the Lebanese American University to disseminate knowledge about the history of Lebanon and will seek to sustain Lebanon’s intercultural dialogue and connectivity with the confederation of the Euro-Mediterranean cities to promote Lebanon’s Cultural Tourism industry towards boosting its Economy.

The program is over four days, starting Wednesday April 20 till Sunday April 23 and will take place in various locations. It shall include the following activities:

  1. Celebration of Lebanon, the 35th Member State of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe,
  2. Announcement of the Intercultural Dialogue Academy for Lebanon,
  3. The inauguration of the Phoenicians’ Route Museum in the historical district of Jounieh
  4. To celebrate Bkassine declaration as one of the best tourist villages in the world, as part of the initiative of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). 
Thursday, April 21
LAU Byblos Campus - Selina Korban Auditorium
Time Activity
9:50-10:00 Opening Session, Master of Ceremony. Mrs. Elissar Baalbaky , President of the Lebanese Tour Guide Syndicates.
10:00-10:10 Welcome Address: Dr. Michel Mawad President, LAU 



Officials greetings
Minister of Agriculture, Dr Abbas Hajj Hasan
Minister of Culture, Judge Mohammad Mortada
Minister of Tourism, Eng. Walid Nassar
10:50-10:55 Short film (rise above Lebanon)
10:55-11:25 Institutional greetings
10:55-11:05 Dr. Stefano Dominioni, Executive Director, E I C R, Council of Europe
11:05-11:15 Mrs. María de la Concepción de Santa Ana Fernández, Managing Director, Legado Andalusia
11:15-11:25 Dr. Antonio Barone, Director of the Phoenicians’ Route
11:25-11:35 Coffee break
11:50-12:00 Dr Rachid Chamoun, Action Plans by “the Phoenicians’ Route”
12:00-12:30 Dr. Maroun Daccache, Architect of the “Phoenician Museum”, Jounieh
12:30-13:00 Mr. Pierre Doumet, President of the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa “High Mountain Phoenician center”
13:00-13:30 Mr. Wissam Zaarour, President, Council of Byblos, “Alphabet Museum”
13:30-13:40 Q&A moderated by Dr. Rachid Chamoun 
13:40-14:40 Reception in the outdoor area
14:40-16:30 Visit Byblos Heritage Site and LAU-LCF foundation Led by Prof. Antoine Lahoud

  • Visit by the Wine Route to Monastery Saint Maroun Annaya.
  • Welcome Note by Father Naamtallah Hashem , President of Maronite Order
  • Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Loius Lahoud Minister of Tourism, Eng. Walid Nassar
  • Lebanese PM Mr. Najib Mikati
  • Dinner 

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RSVP by Monday, April 18, 2022
Those who may wish to participate to the field trips, kindly confirm by Friday April 15

  • Minister of Tourism Office: and or WhatsApp +961 3 822 294
  • Dr. Rachid Chamoun: and or WhatsApp: +961 3 388 590