Bread crisis: a break before the end of the week, says Amine Salam

In parallel with the meeting of the parliament, which was held on Tuesday in the first extraordinary session since the parliamentary elections in mid-May, and after the deputies approved a loan from the World Bank for the supply of wheat to Lebanon, the outgoing Minister of Economy and Trade Amine Salam during a press conference in his offices confirmed that the bread crisis should see an “improvement by the end of the week” and that it would not last, as Lebanon expects a cumulative “50,000 tonnes over the next week”. two weeks”. An amount he said was enough for “a month and a half”, knowing that the country consumes 36,000 tonnes of wheat per month to produce Arabic bread.

The minister also informed about the creation of a new commission charged with the implementation of a new mechanism for monitoring the distribution and use of wheat. It was already announced on Friday that this commission is chaired by the Minister of the Economy and is made up of representatives of municipalities, the Minister of the Interior and internal security forces, especially intelligence and customs officers. Amine Salam therefore warned that no shortcoming will be excused in this regard in the coming weeks. Some professionals in the sector, whom he accused in recent weeks of being at the origin of this bread crisis, have thrown a spade.

A crisis punctuated by irregular and varied shortages of Lebanese bread depending on the region, which has worsened in recent days. Yesterday, long queues were observed near bakeries in several regions of the country, while footage of an attack on one of these establishments in Taalabaya (Bekaa) circulated in the media.

In parallel with the meeting of the parliament, which was held on Tuesday in the first extraordinary session since the parliamentary elections in mid-May and after the approval of the loan from the World Bank for the supply of wheat to Lebanon by the deputies, the outgoing Minister of Economy and Trade Amine Salam confirmed during a press conference in his offices. ..

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