Comments on the reference book of Nicolas Elie
-"These words constitute a first reaction to Nicolas Chammas' outstanding book
on "the socio-economic future of Lebanon in questions" . I indeed require a
respite from my social and material obligations in order to reflect upon the
analyses and recommendations the author proposes . I was also surprised to note
how young he was , as he was born in 1963".
Charles Hélou , former President of the Republic
-"This relevant and
meticulous book provides us with substantial material that will enrich the
all-important debate about the social and economic future of Lebanon".
Hervé de Charette , former Minister of Foreign Affairs
| -"From Gabriel Menassa to
Fouad Chéhab and Nicolas Chammas , realistic reforms have been proposed
with smartness and courage . This represents an undisputable sign that
intelligence and social responsibility refuse to either surrender or to desert
Lebanon , which is reassuring about the future of our Nation".
|Georges Corm , Minister of Finance
| -"I would like to declare
my appreciation for my colleague Zaher al-Khatib , who referred yesterday
[during the confidence vote to the government] to the book of Nicolas Chammas
about the "socio - economic future of Lebanon". I wish that the ruling class in
this country reads this publication , for Nicolas Chammas graduated from
Harvard , and not from a socialist or communist university , and he gives us
therefore a liberal point of view . For this reason , we will grant the
government a conditional confidence".
|Walid Joumblat , former Minister of Displaced Persons
|-"In a recently published
622-page blueprint for rescuing his homeland from political distress , social
injustice , and economic inefficiency , Chammas has added his voice to those
pondering Lebanon's strategy for the next century . "It is not forbidden for a
small country to have big ambitions" , Chammas has written . In keeping with
that belief , he is doing all he can to point Lebanon in a direction that will
turn dreams of peace and prosperity into reality".
|James Aisner , Contributing Editor , Harvard Business School