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BEIRUT Wilson Chandler Jersey , June 2 (Xinhua) -- Visiting World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said on Monday that he will work with Lebanese officials on economic reforms to support Lebanon's economy, which has been strained by the recent waves of Syrian refugees to the country.

"We are here today to reaffirm our support for this country at these difficult circumstances. We are here to thank this country for its generosity in hosting the Syrian refugees," Kim told reporters at Beirut's Rafic Hariri International Airport after arriving from Jeddah Nikola Jokic Jersey , Saudi Arabia.

During his two-day visit, Kim plans to meet with a number of government officials for talks on the challenges facing the Lebanese economy.

Kim is the first World Bank president to have visited Lebanon in fourteen years. His visit comes as the Middle Eastern nation has repeatedly called on the international community to help its struggling economy cope with the effects of a worsening Syrian refugee crisis caused by its neighbor's three-year-old civil war.

The World Bank president along with other experts will examine Lebanon's economy and the everyday living conditions in the country.

Lebanese Minister of Economy Alain Hakim said that the World Bank delegation will focus mainly on "the repercussions of the Syrian refugee issue on Lebanon (while) coordinating a plan that would tackle the electricity sector, water and renewable energy."

Kim said prior to his arrival that the direct losses Lebanon incurred due to the Syrian crisis are estimated at about 7.5 billion U.S. dollars Gary Harris Jersey , in addition to a nearly three-percent annual drop of the gross domestic product between 2012 and 2014, as well as an unemployment rate as high as 20 percent.

WELLINGTON, May 27 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand legislators unanimously passed a new food safety law on Tuesday Paul Millsap Jersey , paving the way for a faster response to crises such as the false botulism scare that saw a global recall of dairy products last year.

"The new Food Act will put in place a risk-based approach, where regulatory requirements are based on the extent and nature of the food safety risks associated with particular kinds of businesses," Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye said in a statement.

"The Act will focus on the activities that a food business carries out Cheap Denver Nuggets Jerseys , rather than the premises from which it operates."

The Act also contained provisions concerning recall powers and other powers that may be used in a food safety response.

"It was important to bring these provisions in to force as soon as possible so that government could respond to a major food safety event if one arose tomorrow," Kaye said.

The Act would provide New Zealand with a modern, flexible regulatory regime Jamal Murray Jersey , which would enable food businesses to adapt to future changes in technology, overseas market access requirements, and consumer demands.

"The enactment of the Food Bill will not be the end of the law reform process. After enactment officials will develop regulations and guidance which will undergo a public consultation process Kenneth Faried Jersey ," she said.

Earlier this month, the government announced it had begun to investigate how potentially contaminated dairy products were exported abroad in last year's botulism false alarm and global product recall.

The investigation is the final part of the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) Contamination Incident involving dairy giant Fonterra in August last year.

The first parts of the inquiry released in December last year resulted in the government accepting all 29 recommendations including a Food Safety Science and Research Center, a Food Safety Assurance Advisory Council Malik Beasley Jersey , a traceability working group and the Food Bill.

Fonterra pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court last month to four food safety-related charges connected to global recall of whey protein concentrate over the false botulism scare, which happened in August last year.

SEOUL, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- The South Korea parliament approved a supplementary budget plan worth 11 trillion won (10 billion U.S. dollars) on Friday after wrangling over the parliament speaker's remarks on the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).

The extra budget plan was passed through the National Assembly, more than a month after the government submitted the supplementary budget scheme to lawmakers.

It was originally set in motion on Thursday when the parliament began its first regular session following the April elections. The ruling Saenuri Party lost its parliamentary majority in the polls.

National Assembly Speaker Chung Sey-kyun said in his opening speech of the regular session that it would be hard to agree with the government's attitude to the THAAD deployment from the perspective of dealing with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear program.

Seoul and Washington unilaterally decided to install one THAAD battery in southeastern South Korea by the end of next year, triggering strong oppositions from China and Russia as THAAD's X-band radar can peer deep into Chinese and Russian territories.

Public opinion has been sharply divided over the THAAD installations, while people living in the designated site for the THAAD battery continue to hold a candlelight rally every night to protest against the decision without any prior notice and explanations.

In protest against the speaker's remarks, ruling Saenuri Party lawmakers walked out of the chamber, demanding his apology and resignation.

The governing party had boycotted all parliamentary procedures, but Saenuri lawmakers returned to the chamber Friday night to pass the supplementary budget plan for the second half, strongly advocated by President Park Geun-hye to reinvigorate the faltering economy.

South Korea's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.8 percent in the second quarter from three months earlier, hovering below 1 percen.

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