In 2010, prompted by Robert Fadel and in accordance with their election commitments (see Al Tadamon Al Traboulsi), Tripoli’s MPs joined Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to launch the Tripoli Vision 2020 project. A detailed study of Tripoli’s economic situation and a specially tailored development program, Tripoli Vision 2020 was born of the desire of the Tripoli’s elected representatives to solve their city’s problems. Northern Lebanon contributes 13% of Lebanon’s GDP but is home to 20% of the country’s population. With some 320,000 inhabitants, Tripoli is Lebanon's second largest city but still it struggles to be the motor powering the north’s economy.
Published in April 2011, funding for the Tripoli Vision 2020 report was provided by outgoing Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati, outgoing Minister of Economy, Mohammed Safadi and Tripoli MP Robert Fadel.
The report’s diagnosis was uncompromising: Tripoli faces multiple challenges. In order to overcome them, the report - which was produced by analysts at SCAS - proposes the implementation of a comprehensive development plan for the city.
Supported overwhelmingly by Tripoli’s elected representatives, the first phase of the Vision 2020 programme is set to launch at the end of 2011.