EU Extends Libyan Border Assistance Mission

By John Lee. The Council also agreed to extend the CSDP mission, the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM Libya), until 31 December 2018. EUBAM Libya currently assists and engages with the Libyan authorities on border management, law enforcement and criminal justice with a particular emphasis on the South of Libya. The mission will also work […]

Bani Walid Addresses Involvement of Children in Armed Groups

The Bani Walid Municipality Commits to Address the Involvement of Children in the Armed Groups The local council of Bani Walid has committed to release, rehabilitate and reintegrate children associated with armed groups. Within the framework of UNICEF’s national campaign ‘Together for Children’, launched in April 2015, Bani Walid is the third municipality in Libya […]

Benghazi Reconstruction could cost $7.3bn

By John Lee. The reconstruction of Benghazi could cost up to LD 10 billion ($7.3 billion), according to a report from Libya Herald. Writing in Al-Wasat, Attiyah Fitouri, of Benghazi University, said he believed that the minimum cost of rebuilding would be LD 5 billion. This would require significant assistance from an already-stretched central government, as […]

GNA appoints New LIA Board of Trustees

The newly GNA-appointed Board of Trustees for the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) has been officially announced following its first meeting that took place in Libya’s capital on Saturday. According to a statement issued on their behalf, the Board of Trustees “is the highest governing body of the LIA which is mandated to preserve and protect Libya’s sole Sovereign […]

Benghazi Airport Reopens

By John Lee. Benghazi’s Benina International Airport has reopened to commercial flights, just days after the defeat of terrorist groups in the city. The airport closed three years ago due to fighting, forcing travelers to use Labraq airport, a four-hour drive to the east of Benghazi. The first outbound flights were to Tripoli, Kufra and the Jordanian […]

NOC Head meets Russian Energy Minister, Tatneft Boss

The Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanalla, held a meeting with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak to discuss Libyan-Russian oil relationships and ways to strengthen cooperation between the two countries. The commercial relationships between NOC and a number of major Russian companies were also discussed as NOC expressed its desire to develop various […]

PM Serraj calls for Elections in March

By John Lee. In a major speech setting out his vision for Libya, the head of Libya’s Presidency Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj [Faiez Serraj] has called for parliamentary and presidential elections in March 2018. In what has been described as a road map to unify the country, the leader of the Government of National Accord (GNA) […]

EU Restricts Sales of Inflatable Boats to Libya

By John Lee. In an effort to further disrupt the business model of people smugglers and human traffickers, the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council on Libya has introduced restrictions on the export and supply to Libya of inflatable boats (dinghies) and outboard motors. EU member states will now have a legal basis to prevent the […]