The USAID-funded LED project signed an MOU with Ibrahim Gerges Group (IGEC), an engineering and contracting company established in 2017.
IGEC grew rapidly during its first year—securing 28 projects from 15 customers, allowing the company to hire 44 employees. Currently, the company is submitting proposals for new major projects.
Among the pending projects for which IGEC is in the process of submitting proposals are three projects which require IGEC to have ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management) and ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety) certifications. The lack of the 3 certifications is the main constraint affecting the deal. Without certifications, these deals will not be possible.
LED and IGEC will cost-share for a consultancy to help the company put in place the systems and procedures to become certified to the ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001 standards. LED assistance is needed because IGEC does not possess in-house expertise on these certifications and because the company’s management is focused on fulfilling its current contracts and generating new business. IGEC expects to increase its sales significantly by 2020 and add 15 full-time jobs for Lebanese citizens.