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Lord Green Speech – Rebuilding Libya: Opportunities for British Business

This page contains the text of a speech given by Stephen Green at the Rebuilding Libya: Opportunities for British Business event on 14 December 2011, organised by UK Trade & Investment, in conjunction with Libyan-British Business Council, British Expertise and the Middle East Association. Rebuilding Libya The UK is committed to helping the Transitional Government, and any […]

Benghazi Made Libya’s Economic Capital

The Libyans are making full use of their new-found freedom after 42 years under a dictatorial regime when even the slightest protest could get you in trouble and locked into prison. It did not take tens of thousands of protestors in the eastern city of Benghazi long to organise a spontaneous demonstration to express their […]

Tribal elders broker end to fighting in Libya region

An outbreak of fighting south of the Libyan capital which killed at least four people stopped on Tuesday after local elders agreed a ceasefire, Reuters journalists in the area said. The conflict, a flare-up of an old rivalry between the provincial town of Zintan and the neighbouring El-Mashasha tribe, underlined the tension and insecurity in […]

Libya has ‘reservations’ on Italy treaty: report

Libya said on Tuesday it has reservations about “certain points” in a 2008 treaty of friendship with former colonial power Italy, signed by the late dictator Moamer Kadhafi and former premier Silvio Berlusconi. Libya “has reservations on a certain number of points included in the accord which need to be looked at again by the […]

Libyan leaders pledge forgiveness for Kadhafi loyalists

Political and religious leaders from across Libya gathered in Tripoli on Saturday (December 10th) for a national reconciliation conference. “We are capable of forgiveness and tolerance,” said Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the National Transitional Council (NTC). “We are capable of absorbing our brothers who fought the rebels and also capable of absorbing every person […]

Turkish construction firms speed up Libyan reconstruction effort

Turkey is working to make good on its pledges for Libya’s reconstruction as the government plans to build a new physiotherapy clinic, the Anatolia news agency reported Monday. The new clinic will be built in Misrata, as promised by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a visit last September. Representatives from Turkish construction companies […]

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 […]

NTC representative describes road ahead

With Libya’s new interim government less than a month old, challenges are adding up for the National Transitional Council (NTC). From disarmament and reconstruction to building state institutions, the nation’s aspiring democrats have an enormous task ahead. Magharebia sat down with NTC representative Intissar al-Akili in Benghazi to ask her what the government plans to […]

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