Cabinet convened Thursday at the Grand Serail to resume the discussion of the 2022 draft budget.
Acting information minister Abbas Halabi said, when the session ended, that all food and medical imports will be exempted from all kinds of fees and charges.
He added that Cabinet intends to support healthcare and medical services in the public sector, especially in the military sector.
“A meeting will be held tomorrow to study the budget’s ability to contribute to supporting these funds,” Halabi said.
Cabinet also approved to collect fees on some imported goods based on the exchange rate on the sayrafa platform.
An electricity advance that Energy Minister Walid Fayyad had requested as a funding for Électricité du Liban was postponed to a later session.
Halabi said that Fayyad will present a reform plan to the Cabinet to be studied. The advance will be discussed later when the plan gets approved.
A Cabinet session will be held next Thursday at the Baabda Palace to study the final version of the state budget, the Presidency said.
The Presidency added that President Michel Aoun is following up on the progress of the draft budget discussions and is urging Cabinet to help employees and military and security forces.
Aoun also asked Cabinet to exempt basic imported goods from taxes and fees and to implement the electricity plan.