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The most recent projects performed by Tomorrow's Advice relating to Industry and Services development are described below.

Industrial Modernization Programme
Power Sector - Financial Management
Pharmaceutical Sector Study
Study on the Estimated Damages to a Middle Eastern Pharmaceutical Company
Solid Waste Management
Tele Liban
Health Care Services - Private Hospital
Evaluation of the "One Percent Turnover Tax" and its impact on Industry


Industrial Modernization Programme

The Industrial Modernization Programme is a European Union funded project to support the development of private sector manufacturing in Lebanon, with particular emphasis on established SMEs in the food processing, printing, and packaging industries. The Project includes managing a European Union grant of 11 Million Euro to provide Technical Assistance to the Lebanese Industry. Assistance includes Access to Markets, Product Development, Management Information Systems, Accounting and Financial Systems, Financing, and Networking. Tomorrow's Advice together with three other Consortium members (French, Italian, and Greek) form the Project Management Unit (PMU). Tomorrow's Advice as the Local Consultant performs Quality Assurance and provides advice and input to the team. 50% of the PMU team is assigned to Tomorrow's Advice professionals, 30 % is assigned to the French consortium leader and 20 % to the Italian member.

The main objectives of the Project are to: Improve the performance of manufacturing companies particularly in the target sectors; Open new domestic and export niches; Facilitate access to long term financing and capital investment; Develop partnership with EU companies; Develop the skills of specialized business support services and business support organizations, including industrial zones; and Improve the business environment and enterprise policy.

The Programme is currently scheduled for a term of three years and a half (3.5) starting May 2001, with the Government and the European Union's intention to formalize the system of assistance and create a permanent Center for Industry Modernization in Lebanon towards the end of the project term.



Power Sector - Financial Management

The Project funded by the World Bank included a Co-Management function of EDL's financial affairs for a period of three (3) years ended in May 2001. It was implemented in Joint Venture with PriceWaterHouseCoopers ("PWC" formally "Coopers & Lybrand"). Tomorrow's Advice was assigned Technical Oversight and Project Management. Ms. Chammas-Mrad was contractually assigned as Project Manager by EDL and the World Bank.

A team of seven (7) professionals served this Project and completed successfully their assignments.

Several issues that improve use of financial resources at the Finance Department of the Electricité du Liban ("EDL") have been identified, analyzed, and reported. Among others, impact of efficiency and savings is analyzed to increase the margin of support to Local Industry and below poverty line customers. Recommendations were addressed to EDL and public sector officials.



Pharmaceutical Sector Study

"Promoting Pharmaceutical Exports Based on a Regional Market Study" falls within the Regional Project to support Arab States in their Pursuit of Economic and Social Reform and Multi-lateral Economic Cooperation. This study was extensive and included details on Stakeholders of the sector, Institutional Framework, Status of the Industry in Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. The Report described main issues and recommendations and provided stakeholders with an Action Plan for sector progress.

The Project was done based on a Contract with UNOPS via UNDP-Lebanon and the Ministry of Economy and Trade, the Association of Lebanese Industrialists, Syndicate of Lebanese Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, other professional syndicates, and the Trade Information Center. Recommendations were addressed to Industry, Private Sector, and Public Sector.

Tomorrow's Advice exceptional contribution earned the firm "copyrights" to the Study. The Study was turned into a published Report disseminated to interested sectors and banks.



Study on the Estimated Damages to a Middle Eastern Pharmaceutical Company

The Project includes a damage assessment to a Middle Eastern pharmaceutical company due to an alleged breach of contract by a foreign company Joint Venture shareholder with the Middle Eastern company. The Business objective of the Joint Venture is to produce high quality generic medicaments and to access the Middle East and North African Market.

The Project's scope of services includes Data Collection, Data Analysis, and Reporting. A thorough review of the relevant agreement and related material, review of all financial data, production related processes, and the company's local market shall be conducted. Data analysis will follow to tie formulas to the market and translate to estimated turnover, estimate financial benefit to the Middle Eastern company from turnover of analyzed formulas, relate findings to the Company's operations, and estimate the financial impact.



Solid Waste Management

Tomorrow's Advice performed a study fully documenting the status of Solid Waste Management including related Industry and Services in Lebanon and impact of deficiencies on the environment. A UNDP-LIFE initiative, this study included identification of waste issues, pollution, sources, current processing, problems facing private and public sectors and proposed recommendations for integrated solutions involving all stakeholders. Recommendations were addressed to Public Sector.



Tele Liban

Tele Liban ("TL") faced restructuring due to its poor financial situation. TL employees were being let go. Their indemnity packages were evaluated and calculated by TL. Tomorrow's Advice performed the review of Calculations and Records of the Exceptional "End of Services Indemnity" of Tele Liban employees including the permanent, contractual, daily, and other workers.

Services provided within this mission included legal compliance with regulations, laws and contractual obligations as well as proposed resolutions to exceptions found.



Health Care Services - Private Hospital

The Project includes a comprehensive plan for modernization of Health care service delivery at the Hospital in compliance with Laws and Regulations. Extensive policy research and comparison with other competitive Middle East Health care providers is done to assess margin of competitiveness and growth potential. Recommendations are addressed to Hospital Management.



Evaluation of the "One Percent Turnover Tax" and its impact on Industry

The Lebanese Ministry of Finance proposed a new tax in 1998: "The One Percent Turnover Tax". For the benefit of the Lebanese Parliament, the tax impact on Industry and business development was analyzed and reported on.

The Study included the evaluation of the cascade effect inflating production cost and impacting Industry's ability to compete in the Lebanese market considering the low protection, open trade policy, as well as foreign markets. Recommendations were addressed to Public Sector officials.





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