We have all followed BlackBerry for weeks trying to predict what the once tech-giant would do in its seemingly last steps in the business. Companies revered BlackBerry Service as a ‘perk’ rather than a mere communication tool. It nurtured a great loyalty that eventually BlackBerry couldn’t cash in, and look where it is now.
We all complain about the internet in our country, but Lebanon, as always, has a special case. While the necessary infrastructure exists to provide enough internet to meet demand, political deadlock and corruption keeps prosperity plans in the cabinets, far from seeing the light of day.
A couple of months ago, I ran across several articles that preached good news about Beirut being the competitive capital that is slowly becoming a cluster for incubators and startups. A recent google query failed to date me anywhere closer to 2010, with bad news on the doors.
For another year, Lebanon drops 2 ranks in the Global Competitiveness Index 2012-2013, anchoring at 91, down from 89 in 2011-2012 rankings, with no good news for the coming year in light of the political instability. Being above Greece and Argentina is something to boast about, but then all countries like Azerbaijan and Gabon score higher on that list. It shouldn’t be the direct index for a country’s success, but competitiveness plays on the long-term prosperity of the country and the efficiency of its people, and it’s not looking bright for us Lebanese.
It is sad to find that the private and public sectors are still two realms far away from each other like heaven and hell. The private sector is well developed and hindered by foreign investment and infrastructure, factors that are both a responsibility of any government. We’re bound to find out till when the Lebanese will be able to untie the knot that’s suffocating its progression and live to see a brighter future to its future generations. It’ll happen, though. I’m sure of it.