BEIRUT: Lebanon’s SmartEx exhibition opened this week with scores of companies showcasing their innovations and with experts discussing the challenges and opportunities of Lebanon’s tech sector.

The four-day evening exhibition, which opened Wednesday, featured different aspects of the country’s
technology sector, from information, to telecommunication, security, automation and retail.
This is the second year of the conference, which spawned from a Saudi tech and networking event in
2007 that then spread throughout the region.
This year’s edition follows the recent CEDRE Conferencewith $11 billion in loans and grants to rehabilitate
Lebanon’s infrastructure and few days away from the longawaited elections, with high hopes of
developing Lebanon into a genuine tech hub in the region.
Lebanese Telecommunications Minister Jamal Jarrah opened the exhibition by highlighting the
accomplishments of Lebanon’s entrepreneurs being able to hold their own in global startup competitions.