Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Tuesday chaired a Grand Serail meeting dedicated to studying the mechanism of distributing fuel in the crisis-hit country.
“There should be an integrated plan to control the market, monitor the quantities and pursue monopolists,” especially that the partial subsidization of fuel at the LBP 8,000 exchange rate “will cease at the end of September, which means that there will be several attempts to hoard fuel with the aim of achieving hefty profits,” Diab said during the meeting.
“That’s why all the stakeholders in the sector — importers, distributors, gas stations, bakeries and generators — will be under scrutiny and there will be firm measures” against violators, the caretaker PM warned.
The conferees meanwhile took several decisions, including:
– The activation of the joint operations room and using the Grand Serail as its headquarters, with it comprising representatives of all security agencies and the relevant ministries
– Adopting a mechanism for monitoring fuel from the moment it reaches Lebanon until being delivered to citizens and the concerned sectors
– Securing the delivery of diesel to vital sectors (hospitals, bakeries, mills, telecom stations)
– Asking gas stations to use all their pumps to speed up gasoline filling and decrease congestion
– Coordination between the Ministry of Energy, municipalities and security forces to distribute fuel to privately-owned neighborhood generators
– Asking generator owners to abide by the fee announced by the Ministry of Energy
The meeting was attended by the caretaker ministers of defense, interior and energy, the director general of the Ministry of Economy, a representative of the state prosecutor, a representative of the army chief, the heads of security agencies, and representatives of the private oil sector, bakeries and generator providers.