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The World Bank and the municipality of Beirut signed an agreement Thursday to improve Beirut's infrastructure and make the city more resilient against earthquakes and other natural disasters.The agreement was signed at the Beirut municipality by Hamad and Andrea Zanon, the World Bank's regional coordinator for risk management in the Middle East and North Africa. The agreement involves the World Bank hiring several global and local consultants to evaluate Beirut's infrastructure and ability to handle natural disasters – with a focus on earthquakes. Hamad is a structural, civil and earthquake engineer by trade and improving Beirut's resilience against natural disasters was one of his main goals upon taking up his post.Before becoming mayor, Hamad worked on the second phase of Solidere's Downtown Beirut expansion and ensured that all the new buildings erected had suitable earthquake protection.
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