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A follow-up business visit

This is just an update on my recent visit to Libya. I met the Ministry of Education officials again and received a warm reception.  The Head of Vocational Education colleges asked me to visit six colleges in the Tripoli area so I now have some ideas for him on prioritising recovery work and how it […]

The business outlook

When will be the best time for a multi-sector trade promotion mission from Britainto go to Libya? To find the answer to that question a small group from the Libyan British Business Council of which I am a deputy chairman spent last week in Libya, my own first visit since the revolution. My main impressions […]

Libya: the Outlook

The situation in Libya is fragile. Some commentators have spoken of fears of a failed state, but that is alarmist and not evidence-based; the situation in Libya today can not be compared with that in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan or Yemen. One Libyan commentator who recently used the expression “failed state” suggested that the model might as well […]

Unfreezing money: some action

 The UN sanctions committee has lifted sanctions from the Central Bank of Libya and the Libyan Foreign Bank. In a statement on 16 December William Hague welcomed the decision and said that Libya would now have access to the funds needed to rebuild the country, underpin stability, and go about the business of everyday life. […]

Unfreezing the Money

On 8 December the Libyan leadership wrote to the United Nations calling for funds frozen by the Security Council at the beginning of the revolution to be released. The letter was signed by Mustafa Abdel Jalil chairman of the National Transitional Council, Abdurrahim El-Keib interim Prime Minister, Hassan Ziglam Finance Minister and Saddeq Omar Elkaber […]

Notes on Visit to Tripoli

Travel Arrangements I had booked return flights from London to Tunis and from Tunis to Tripoli (Mitiga) with Tunisair.  When I tried to check in for the flight from Tunis to Tripoli, I found that there had been an incident involving the Tunisair flight at Mitiga on the previous day.  Tunisair suspended its flights to […]

Tourism and Leisure in the new Libya

To anyone who has visited Leptis Magna, Sebratha, Cyrene and some of the fascinating towns in its vast desert interior, the rich culture and heritage of Libya is blindingly obvious.  Add to that the unspoilt 2000km coastline dotted with numerous beaches, the natural beauty of the Jebel Al-Akhdar (Green Mountains) in the east of the […]