Figures released by Banque du Liban (central bank) on 7 December show that Lebanon’s public debt rose to £Leb 45.1 trillion ($29.92 billion) at the end of October 2002, up from £Leb 44.5 trillion at the same point in 2001, a rise of 12.9 per cent. Net domestic debt made up 57.4 per cent of the total, at £Leb 25.8 trillion ($17.19 million).