Intel and Cisco pledge support to Lebanon reconstruction effort

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By  Published  September 30, 2006

The executives of four leading US companies, including Intel and Cisco, have created a fund to help with the reconstruction of Lebanon.

The US-Lebanon Partnership Fund aims to raise money and awareness to help with the rebuilding of the country, following the conflict with Israel.

The four leaders directing the fund are Craig Barrett, chairman of Intel Corporation, John Chambers, president and CEO of Cisco Systems, Yousif Ghafari, chairman, GHAFARI Inc., and Dr Ray Irani, chairman, president, and CEO of Occidental Petroleum Corporation.

"The situation in Lebanon is of great concern to us and it is our goal to support the reconstruction effort in Lebanon in turn help provide greater access to education and economic opportunity. By focusing on long-term solutions, we hope to contribute to a better future for this region," said Cisco’s Chambers.

Intel’s Barrett added: "This partnership will provide a means for the US private sector to help rebuild the social and economic infrastructure of Lebanon as its residents and businesses restore their lives and look towards the future.” The group recently visited the affected region.

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