The consulate history, the relation with the Lebanese Government
1969: The excellent friendship and cooperation between Singapore and Lebanon continues to grow. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on 3rd May of that year.
1974: Singapore’s then Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. S Rajaratnam visited Lebanon.
1974: Mr Joseph Habis was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Singapore in Lebanon
1996: Mr Joseph Habis was awarded the Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (Public Service Star) by the President of the Republic of Singapore in recognition of his service to Singapore.
1996: Since that year Singapore has also been training Lebanese officials under the Singapore Cooperation program (SCP) in area such as port management, productivity management, taxation and economic development.
1997, then Lebanese Minister of State for Financial Affairs Fouad Siniora and late Minister Bassel Fleihan made a study visit to Singapore to discuss ways to strenghten economic cooperation. Honorary Consul General Joseph Habis accompanied Minister Fouad Siniora on this visit.
1997 The Lebanese permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Samir Moubarak, also visited Singapore in March, under Singapore’s Permanent Representative’s Invitation Program.
1997: The national Cedar Medal/Knight Grade was given to Mr. Joseph Habis by H. E. President Elias Hraoui
1999: Singapore Trade Development Board (now renamed International Enterprise Singapore) organized a Trade Mission to Lebanon in April, to explore opportunities in tourism, port development and industrial parks.
2001: A team of officers from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) visited Lebanon in August to assist the Lebanese Government in its implementation of its Value Added Tax (VAT) project.
2006: Third award of Mr. Joseph Habis order of the National Cedar Medal/Officer Grade, given by H.E. President of the Lebanese Republic General Emile Lahoud, in consideration to his national and worldwide valuable services in Diplomatic, Economical, Development and Prosperity Fields and to his efforts in straightening the relationship between Lebanon and Singapore.
July 2006: Due to the Israeli war against Lebanon in July 2006, the Singaporean Humanitarian Organization “Mercy Relief” supplied Lebanon, through Mr. Habis, with humanitarian supplies and on the behalf of the Lebanese government; the Minister of Education took charge of distributing the humanitarian supplies to the harmed Lebanese regions. The Lebanese government thanked the organization for this initiative.
Singapore pledged S $ 50.000 to the Flash appeal for the Humanitarian needs of Lebanon to the United Nation, to provide for the emergency, foods, shelter , healthcare and protection needs of civilians affected by the outgoing situation in Lebanon.
A check of S $200.000.00 donation for aid relief to Lebanon, handed by H.E. Minister of State of ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Ms. Yu-Foo Yee Shoo to a representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross on a ceremony, at the headquarters of the Red Cross Singapore.
This fund will complement the Singapore’s Government contribution to Lebanon, and will be used to provide relief facilities to the people of South Lebanon.
General Achraf Rifi, Director of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, , honored The dean of the Honorary Consular Corps and Honorary Consul General of Singapore in Lebanon Mr. Joseph Habis by presenting to him an Honorific Shield at the head office of the ISF as a symbol of Mr. Habis’s efforts and accomplishments and services rendered for the good of Lebanon and for the best efforts for Bilateral Relations between Lebanon and Singapore.
JOSEPH SALIM HABIS
Date and Place of Birth: 29 April 1943 in Miziara, North Lebanon
Marital Status: Married to SIHAM EL-DANA
Children: FOUR CHILDREN
Present Position / Profession: BUSINESSMAN / DIPLOMAT
Title: DEAN OF THE CONSULAR CORPS IN LEBANON
HONORARY CONSUL GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE IN LEBANON
CAREER / EXPERIENCE:
(1965) OWNER AND GENERAL MANAGER OF HABIS TRAVELS LTD.
(I.A.T.A TRAVEL AND TOURISM AGENCY) IN LAGOS AND KANO, NIGERIA
(1966) OWNER OF LEBANESE AFRICAN AGENCY S.A.R.L.
(I.A.T.A. TRAVEL AND TOURISM AGENCY – TWO BRANCHES IN BEIRUT-LEBANON
(1968) MANAGER OF AUDI BANK S.AL. HEAD OFFICE, BEIRUT- LEBANON AND HEAD OF AFRICAN DEPARTMENT
(1971) OWNER OF NIGROUP COMPANY (NAILS AND BARBEWIRE MANUFACTURERS), “FIRST COMPANY OF IT’S KIND” IN KANO-NIGERIA
(1973) OWNER OF HABIS COMPANY (LONDON) LTD. (TOURISM AGENCY / CAR HIRE, IMPORT AND EXPORT) CROMWELL ROAD – LONDON – ENGLAND
(1973) OWNER OF “CEDARS AVIATION LTD” – BEIRUT – LEBANON (LICENCE OBTAINED FOR EXECUTIVE JETS AND HELICOPTERS)
(1974) HEADING OFFICIAL DELEGATION OF LEBANON MISSION AT THE BRAZILIAN ARAB FORUM HELD IN RIO-DE-JANEIRO ON MAY 21ST. OBJECTIVE: ECONOMIC AND TRADE RELATIONS BETWEEN BRAZIL/LEBANON
(1974) FOUNDER, VICE PRESIDENT AND MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF INVESTMENT & FINANCE BANK S.A.L. “INFIBANK”, BEIRUT-LEBANON.
ASSOCIATES AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD:
BANQUE AUDI S.A.L.- LEBANON
THE MITSUI BANK LTD- JAPAN
TRANS-AMERICA INVESTMENT CO.LTD – UNITED KINGDOM
THE NOMURA SECURITIES CO. LTD – JAPAN
SOCIETE FINANCIERE POUR L’EXPANSION INDUSTRIELLE
“REGIE RENAULT” – FRANCE
CAISSE CENTRALE DES BANQUES POPULAIRES – FRANCE
MR ISSAM FARES VICE PRIME MINISTER OF LEBANON
MR SAID KHOURY, C.C.C. COMPANY – KUWAIT
(1974) FOUNDER, PRESIDENT, MANAGING DIRECTOR AND MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE REAL ESTATE COMPANY OF LEBANON “SOFIL S.A.L.” WHICH OWNS A WELL KNOWN COMMERCIAL CENTER IN BEIRUT – LEBANON
AMONG ASSOCIATES AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD:
AUDI GROUP – BEIRUT – LEBANON
INVESTMENT AND FINANCE BANK S.A.L. “INFIBANK” – LEBANON
MR ISSAM FARES DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF LEBANON
MR SAID KHOURY, C.C.C. COMPANY – KUWAIT
SHEIKH NASSER AL SABBAH – KUWAIT
SHEIKH SOUAD AL HOUMAYZI – KUWAIT
(1974) OWNER OF HABIS COMPANY LIMITED S.A.R.L. (IMPORT-EXPORT) , BEIRUT, LEBANON AND CONSTRUCTION OF HABIS BUILDING, ACHRAFIEH, BEIRUT - LEBANON
(1974) APPOINTED HONORARY CONSUL GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE IN LEBANON
(1975) FOUNDER AND MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF LIBANO-ARABE (INSURANCE AND REINSURANCE COMPANY) BEIRUT – LEBANON
AMONG ASSOCIATES AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD:
AUDI GROUP , BEIRUT – LEBANON
INVESTMENT AND FINANCE BANK SAL “INFIBANK” – LEBANON
(1981) PRESIDENT OF “COMITE DE DEVELOPMENT ET DE PLANIFICATION DU SAHEL AL MATEN – LIBAN” GOVERNMENT LICENCE NO. 172 – 7/10/1982 (FOUNDED BY EX-LEBANESE PRESEIDENT SHEIKH AMIN GEMAYEL)
THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PRIVATE POLITICAL ORGANIZATION :
SUPERVISE THE ENVIRONMENT AND CREATE PUBLIC GARDENS
ORGANIZE THE TRAFFIC AND SOLVE THE PARKING PROBLEM FOR THE PUBLIC
SECURITY ASSISTANCE AND INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC SECTOR
(1986) FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF “SOGEC” (SOCIETE DE GESTION DES CENTRES COMMERCIAUX S.A.R.L.) (MANAGEMENT OF COMMERCIAL CENTERS) BEIRUT – LEBANON
(1986) OWNER OF “SMOKING CLUB”, BEIRUT – LEBANON SELLING HABANA CIGARS AND OTHER ITEMS SIMILAR TO THE VERY WELL KNOWN DAVIDOFF PRODUCTIONS OF SWITZERLAND AND EUROPE
(1987) ELECTED DEAN OF THE CONSULAR CORPS IN LEBANON 107 CONSULS REPRESENTING OVERSEAS COUNTRIES WEBSITE: www.consularcorps.com
(1992) FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF “SOFIL CATERING S.A.L.” BEIRUT – LEBANON WHICH OWNS THE FOLLOWING :
SOFIL CATERING (THE LARGEST CATERING FOR VARIOUS INDOOR AND OUTDOOR EVENTS)
LE RELAIS SOFIL (LUXURY RESTAURANT MEMBER OF RELAIS & CHATEAUX)
LE BISTRO SOFIL (RESTO)
LE CLUB SOFIL (EXCLUSIVE MEMBER CLUB)
(1995) MEMBER OF OFFICIAL LEBANESE DELEGATION HEADED BY THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPALITIES MR SULEIMAN FRANGIEH IN OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE VATICAN TO MEET H.H. POPE JOHN PAUL II, ON 10TH MAY 1995
(1997) FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR POLITICAL RADIO BROADCAST STATION “SAOUT AL GHAD” IN LEBANON
(1997) MEMBER OF THE OFFICIAL LEBANESE DELEGATION HEADED BY THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCIAL AFFAIRS MR FOUAD SINIORA VISIT TO SINGAPORE ON THE 7TH OF FEBRUARY 1997
(1997) MEMBER OF THE OFFICIAL LEBANESE DELEGATION HEADED BY THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS MR FARES BOUEIZ TO NEW YORK TO ATTEND THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ORDINARY SESSION ON THE 29TH OF SEPTEMBER 1997
(1998) MEMBER OF THE OFFICIAL LEBANESE DELEGATION HEADED BY THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS MR FARES BOUEIZ IN OFFICIAL VISIT TO RUSSIA AND BELARUS ON THE 1ST OF FEBRUARY 1998
(2001) SHAREHOLDER – AUDI BANK S.A.L. (THE FIRST BANK IN LEBANON) , BEIRUT – LEBANON
(2003) OWNER OF “SOFILCO S.A.R.L.” (HOLDING COMPANY) SOFIL CENTER, BEIRUT – LEBANON
(2004) MEMBER OF THE LEBANESE DELEGATION HEADED BY DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF LEBANON H.E. MR ISSAM FARES AT THE 59TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN NEW YROK ON THE 22ND OF SEPTEMBER 2004
(2004) FOUNDER OF THE MAGAZINE OF THE HONORARY CONSULAR CORPS IN LEBANON ON 17-11-2004 REGISTER NO. 795/2004 BEIRUT – LEBANON DISTRIBUTED FREE – LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY
“PUBLIC SERVICE STAR” (SINGAPORE – 1996)
“ORDER OF THE CEDAR MEDAL / KNIGHT GRADE” (LEBANON – 1997)
“SHIELD BY LEBANESE FOOTBALL FEDARATION” (LEBANON – 1997)
“ORDER OF THE CEDAR MEDAL / KNIGHT GRADE” (LEBANON – 2006)
“SHILED BY LEBANESE INTERNAL SECURITY FORCES” (LEBANON – 2009)
“SHIELD BY AFRICAN OFFICIAL MISSIONS ACCREDITED IN LEBANON” (LEBANON – 2012)
SEVERAL OTHER MEDALS FROM LEBANON AND FOREIGN COUNTRIES
SINGAPORE VISA REQUIREMENTS
SINGAPORE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED*:
1- Call the Consulate for appointment.
2- http://www.consularcorps.com/pdf/Form 14A.pdf
3- Applicant must attend by person to submit their Application
4- Visa processing time require a minimum of 15 days and above.
5- Complete submissions of your Aplication with All the requested documents will assist in efficient processing of your application. * Application form must be filled out of the Consulate office
6- Two recently made Passport photos with white background
7- One Colored photocopy of the first page of passport and of the renewal page, and passport should be valid for at least 1 year( twelve months)
8- Letter adressed to H.E.M. Joseph Habis,Honorary Consul General of Singapore in Lebanon (Reason and date of the the visit).
9- A proof of a booked Round -trip Flight ticket with travel Itinerary,this document must involve information about the airline company,your name and identity details,destinations,flight number, days and hours.
*For Business trip applicant should present a letter of invitation from business partner in Singapore,
10- Hotel booking covering the duration of stay .Full name and phone and fax number as well as city and city code of hotel/host must be also written in the applicaton"14 A "
11- * For tourism applicant should present Hotel booking covering the duration of stay ,full name and phone or a letter from host in Singapore with full address and contact information.
12- No Children allowed at the the Consulate.
The consulate detailed addresses
Address/Phone / Fax:
Centre Sofil bloc "c" 9th Floor-Avenue Charles Malek- Achrafieh- P.O.BOX:166730 Beirut-Lebanon
Phone: 00961-1-334335 / 00961-1- 200786/ 00961-1-200787 Fax: 00961-1-201058
E-mails / Website:
Open for Visa applications from Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 am till 11 am withdrawal of passports from Tuesday to Friday from 3:30 pm till 4:30 pm