George Tabarani, The Executive Manager of Lebanon’s Graphic Arts Syndicate announced committee’s plans to help printers face increasing challenges.
Tabarani told ME Printer that the members of executive committee are committed to offer solutions through closer cooperation and networking with the members and graphic arts community in Lebanon.
According to Tabarani the recent conflicts in the Middle Eastern and African countries as well as the rising costs of shipping, mail and telecommunications, electricity, taxes and other expenses are posing serious challenges to graphic arts industry in Lebanon.
Founded in 1944, Lebanon’s Graphic Arts Ssyndicate (formerly known as Union of the Owners of Printing Presses in Lebanon) recently held elections and new members have been voted in.
Following the departure of Joseph Sader, Mr. Elias Melki has been voted as the new president- elect of the syndicate. Other elected members of executive committee include Mohamad Wassim Baydoun (vice president), Raed Nasser (secretary general), Nabil Abdel Hak (treasurer), Abdallah Helou, Georges Aoun, Imadeddine Jabri, Adnan Al-Ansari, Elie Raphael, Nazeeh Karaky, Samer Baayno, George Tabarani (executive manager) and Camille Abou Farhat.
The incoming president Elias Melki is a graphic arts veteran and the owner of Imprimerie Typopress.
There are more than 1000 graphic art institutions in Lebanon, out of which 200 are members in the Lebanese Graphic Arts Syndicate.