Lebanon’s Formal Private Sector: the Bitter Reality of 2020 - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia




Publication Type: Policy briefs

Focus Area: Future of employment

SDGs: Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Keywords: Covid-19

Lebanon’s Formal Private Sector: the Bitter Reality of 2020

February 2021

The Lebanese economy is in free fall, resulting in higher unemployment and extreme poverty. After the recent Beirut Port explosion, revisions of economic contraction reached -20 per cent following reductions in private sector activity that slashed Lebanese gross domestic product (GDP) and tax revenues. Recent data have revealed that around half of private sector sales stopped between 2019 and 2020, and 23 per cent of full-time employees in key sectors have been laid off. Further contraction in private sector activities is expected in 2021 if the COVID-19 vaccine is not rolled out on time, and political and economic reforms are not implemented.

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