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Canada-Lebanon fact sheet

Official Title:
Republic of Lebanon

General Information

Capital: Beirut (Bayrut)
Population (million): 6.07
Total Area: 10,452km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 1142.95 Pound (LBP) (2020- Annual average)
National Holiday: 22 November, Independence Day
Language(s): Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian

Political Information

Type of State:
Republic

Type of Government:
Unicameral National Assembly (elected but equally divided between Christians and Muslims), President of the National Assembly (Shi’a): Nabih Berri. The current Cabinet is composed of 8 ministers from the Free Patriotic Movement (Christian); 5 from the Future Movement (Sunni); 4 from the Lebanese Forces party (Christian); 3 from the Amal Movement (Shi’a); 3 from Hezbollah (Shi’a); 2 from the Progressive Socialist Party (Druze); and 1 independent.

Head of State:
President Michel Aoun

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Saad Hariri

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Gebran Bassil
Finance: Ali Hasan Khalil
Defence: Elias Bou Saab

Main Political Parties:
Based on the May 2018 elections: Future Movement (Saad Hariri - 21 seats); Lebanese Forces (Samir Geagea -15 seats); Kateab (Phalangist) Party (Amin Gemayel- 3 seats). March 8 Coalition: Hezbollah (Hassan Nasrallah - 13 seats); Free Patriotic Movement (Michel Aoun - 24 seats); Amal Movement (Nabih Berri - 17 seats); Progessive Socialist Party (WalidJumblatt - 9 seats)

Elections:
Last legislative: May 6, 2018. Cabinet formed January 31, 2019

Economic Information (2019)

Comparative figures
Type Lebanon Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 77.06 2,277.52
GDP per capita: ($) 12,703.69 60,806.37
GDP growth rate: (%) -6.51 1.64
Inflation: (%) 2.9 1.95
Unemployment: (%) 0 5.67

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2020)

Canadian exports to country: $70,965,817
Canadian imports from country: $38,700,449
FDI in Canada (2019): $(1) million
CDI in the country (2019): $ million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Fadi Ziadeh

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Emmanuelle Lamoureux

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Lebanon
Year Exports Imports
2016 $150,786,348 $28,355,001
2017 $126,269,452 $31,506,745
2018 $117,299,143 $33,178,069
2019 $119,538,054 $37,135,431
2020 $70,965,817 $38,700,449
21 HS Sections (2020)
Canada - Lebanon
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $1,056,286 $30,179
02 Veg. Prod. $13,332,306 $4,384,480
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $741,399 $2,871,920
04 Food Prod. $1,378,777 $22,932,746
05 Mineral Prod. $47,024 $1,065
06 Chemical Prod. $17,092,997 $1,948,743
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $845,495 $651,363
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $16,856 $45,707
09 Wood Prod. $913,932 $100,739
10 Paper Prod. $1,071,844 $254,995
11 Textiles Prod. $427,130 $451,947
12 Dress Access. $10,709 $5,347
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $78,493 $103,376
14 Precious Metals/stones $7,835 $82,205
15 Base Metal Prod. $318,445 $401,211
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $3,542,189 $2,815,620
17 Vehicles and Equip. $28,538,829 $104,984
18 Specialized Inst. $457,427 $699,412
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $134,589 $710,673
21 Antiques $2,494 $101,829


February 2021
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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