Twinning Arrangements – Beirut Land Dialogues: Session Four

As part of the Twinning Arrangements for Exchange of Knowledge, Experiences and Networking in Land Governance for 2021, the American University of Beirut-Beirut Urban Lab and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy will be hosting a series of selective meetings with stakeholders with the objective of informing public policy making and research agendas in Lebanon. 

We are looking forward to your participation in the fourth session of the Beirut Land Dialogues to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 25th 5-7:00pm. As usual, the session will be held in person and online , at The Policy Initiative offices in Hamra. It will be held in Arabic, with simultaneous translation to English over Zoom.


The fourth session of the Beirut Land Dialogues problematizes how the taxation of land/land transactions/land development is approached in Lebanon.
By diving primarily in the taxation imposed on land development (property exchange, registration, development, reevaluation, subdivision), and with the help of colleagues specialized in this topic who will join us for the session, we unravel the conception of the land taxation framework. As such, we ask: How does the taxation system approach the values of land that it seeks to tax? 

 Session Agenda
The session will be organized this way:

5:00-5:05, Session Welcome/ Short Intro
5:05-5:10   A Needed Background: The different forms that taxes can take.
5:10-6:00  The Lebanese Legal Framework Organizing Land Transactions:
Presentation: Laws, their philosophy, form, and implications
6:00-6:30 Where do the property related taxes flow?
Presentation: The flow of property-related taxes (Central/Local)
6:30-6:50 How do property-related taxes play out on municipal budgets?
Presentation: The Incidence of Taxes on Municipal Budgets
6:50-7:00 Wrap up: Going Back to Betterment.  

We look forward to seeing you then in person or, if needed, online.