Lebanon’s electricity reform: necessary but insufficient

Reform of Lebanon’s state-owned electricity company, EdL, lies at the heart of the government’s efforts to tackle the dire public finances. But while this is needed, the approved measures are unlikely to make a sufficient dent in the country’s budget deficit and won’t prevent the need for debt restructuring.
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