The President of the Union of Municipalities of Al-Fayhaa Mayor of Tripoli, Eng. Amer Al Tayeb Rafeii, announced the launching of (ISI@MED), a mobile application for the service of archaeological sites and tourist paths in the cities of the Union 

The launching event took place in Tripoli- North Lebanon, in the presence of delegations from the mayor of Marseille- Vice-President Jean Rouatta, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French embassy, the United Nations Development Program, and the mayors of Beddawi and Qalmoun, as well as cultural and social figures, and civil society activists.

Rafeii welcomed the attendees and especially the delegates of the Municipality of Marseille for their efforts, despite all the obstacles and problems that stand in the way of implementing such projects, given the circumstances that we are experiencing in Lebanon at various political and security levels. Still, all these conditions did not prevent our partners, who truly care about the interests of our cities to continue supporting and funding various projects that are much needed within the possibilities available to them.

Rafeii stated that: “The main target of our meeting today is to launch ISI@MED project- a special application for smart phones especially used for tourism in the cities of the Union of Municipalities of Al-Fayhaa. In addition to the presentation of other projects implemented within the framework of decentralized cooperation with the Municipality of Marseille. The Union of Municipalities of Fayhaa along with the Municipality of Marseille during the ISI@MED program, hanged specially made plates on some of the archaeological sites in the three cities with a total of 53 archaeological sites in the three cities of the Union. “

This project will certainly enhance the tourism level, by giving tourists and even local inhabitants’ adequate and sufficient information about different monuments. Hence, this project will help touristic guides provide the best possible services to their tourists at a high and innovative standard without affect their work at all.

Rouatta then elaborated about the process of the existing cooperation with the Union of Municipalities of Al-Fayhaa since 1996 and the projects that have been previously implemented as well as those being currently put into practice “and that reflect the fruits of this cooperation and returns benefit the local population.” Roatta stressed that “after the announcement of the launch of ISI@MED service to the archaeological sites, we are looking forward on the continuing desire to finance new projects in the cities of the Union.”

Eng. Dima Homsi, director of the Urban of community of Al- Fayhaa, made a presentation of the projects implemented between the Union and the Municipality of Marseille, which included various health and environmental fields, informatics and others, including the most recent one “measurement of air quality project”, which led to the establishment of three monitoring stations in the cities of the Union. “

The ceremony ended by exchanging souvenirs between the mayor Rafii and Mr. Rouatta.