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Council for Development and Reconstruction

27 December 2015 - last updated : 27 January 2016

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Towards the end of the year 1976 and, after almost two years of painful and destructive events particularly on the infrastructure level as well as the public institutions and ministries, which were at the time suffering from an acute shortage in human resources and equipment and, following the restoration of security through the presence of the Joint Arab Forces, the government found it necessary to create a new public body which would be able to carry out the enormous task of the reconstruction of Lebanon.

On the other hand, some friendly countries wishing to help Lebanon in its reconstruction efforts were in need of a reliable side to depend on when negotiating and to create channels through which this aid will go through especially that the Ministry of Planning ceased to exist.

Thus, the Council for Development and Reconstruction was established through Decree No. 5 dated 31st January 1977 . The responsibilities of the CDR were specified to three main tasks: complying a plan and a time schedule for the resumption of reconstruction and of development, guaranteeing the funding of projects presented, supervising their execution and utilization by contributing to the process of rehabilitation of public institutions, thus enabling it to assume responsibility for the execution of a number of projects under the supervision of the Council of Ministers.

Contrary to other authorities, the CDR was an autonomous institution endowed with extended jurisdiction and is directly accountable to the Council of Ministers through the Prime Minister, thus evading the administrative routine matters which had ceased to be followed in order to accelerate the reconstruction process and to allow adequate time for the reconstruction and building of public institutions that were devastated during the events.

This explains the importance of specialization, integrity, training and experience as a criteria adopted, and through which the leaders of this new advanced institution were chosen and had existed and will continue to be the right pillars for planning, funding and implementing projects. CDR had evolved through the regulations that accompanied the period that followed, as noted below, thus bestowing on it greater responsibilities in this field.

The CDR is in the institutional hierarchy; the main flagship of the Council of Ministers that complies with their instructions and coordinates with the concerned ministries.

Council for Development and Reconstruction
Tallet Al Serail – Riad El Solh
Beirut – Lebanon
Postal Code: 20239201
PO Box: 3170/11
Fax No. (961-1) 981252 – 981253 - 981381
Tel No. (961-1) 980096
Email: infocenter@cdr.gov.lb