The economic situation continues to deteriorate with frequent demonstrations and roadblocks, shortages of certain construction materials, and more recently, a serious fuel price increase following a period of shortage, as Lebanon has scaled back on subsidies on certain food items, gas, and medication to save dwindling foreign reserves. All this has led to an increased influx of Lebanese daily workers.
While contracts and wages are fully paid in USD, continued price increases and a fluctuating exchange rate poses many challenges. ILO together with UNDP and WFP, and in coordination with KfW, has developeda technical note which details a quarterly wage review process. The technical note has recently been reviewed and soon to be published. The note advises a daily wage of 10 USD for unskilled workers.
The ILO/UNDP Phase III was completed at the end of May 2022 and the completion report was issued in September of the same year. Overall targets for Phase IV remain on track though with some delays in implementation that are clarified below. The projects are being monitored closely to determine estimated completion time, any cost change and tracking of employment targets.
Road maintenance: ILO and MoPWT have jointly identified six road maintenance clusters, which have all been contracted. The EIIP road maintenance strategy combines simple routine maintenance such as clearing of drains and vegetation control with spot improvements such as repair and construction of lined drains, retaining walls, concrete crushed barriers, and traffic safety measures...etc. All road maintenance projects have now been completed.
Response to Beirut Blast: ILO has in coordination with Beirut municipality and MoPWT agreed to repair Beirut Customs building and Police Station in Karantina, which were both damaged in the Port explosion, and a pedestrian network in Karantina, identified as a priority by the municipality, all in coordinating with UNDP, UNOPS, Un Habitat, AUB and other development partners. The repair works to the Police station started in September and was completed during February 2022, works in the Customs building and the Karantina pedestrian networks are ongoing. The inauguration ceremony for the Police Station took place in April in the presence of all stakeholders and representatives from relevant UN agencies, Ministries, other government institutions, embassies…etc.
Farm infrastructure: ILO has signed an MoU with the Ministry of Agriculture/Green Plan for collaboration on farm infrastructure and has signed an implementation agreement with LRI to support identification, design, and supervision of the farm infrastructure. Around 800 farmers have been selected from over 4,000 applicants based on a set of criteria agreed with Green Plan and in coordination with FAO who are also supporting the ministry. Eight clusters have been identified. Contracts for North 1, 2 and South Bekaa clusters have been awarded and are now in mobilization phase, while the tenders for the remaining are under evaluation.
Lebanon Mountain Trail: ILO has signed an implementation agreement with Lebanon Mountain Trail Association for the implementation of labour-intensive rehabilitation and maintenance of the 470km long trail (590km including side trails). The work activities started in September, some sections are already completed, other sections are ongoing.
Municipal infrastructure: ILO, based on a comprehensive identification and selection tool, has identified seven municipal projects in coordination with project partners. Back-up projects have also been considered. Works have already started for a number of these projects, including, rehabilitation of sidewalks in Qab Elias, construction of school in Mhamara, rehabilitation of agricultural roads in Hrar, Tamnin el Tahta, and Damour, as well as rehabilitation of the Cultural Center in Nabatieh. As for the construction of agricultural roads in Mansoura, the contract is currently being awarded.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, the EIIP will rehabilitate 4 SDCs with a goal to improve accessibility for Persons with disabilities to the centres. SDCs are in Rahbe – Akkar, Arab Salim –Nabatieh, Yohmor and Haouch El Oumara – Bekaa. Arab Salim is now in mobilization phase whilethe remaining three are currently ongoing.
Completion report submitted to KfW in September 2022.
Completion report submitted to KfW.
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