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USAID Women’s Economic Empowerment Conference

USAID/Libya has convened a cross section of prominent Libyan business women, activists, and Libyan local government representatives for a Women’s Economic Empowerment conference in Tunis, Tunisia to discuss opportunities and constraints to entrepreneurship and political participation for women in Libya. The event follows the recent announcement of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-gdp) Initiative, […]

IOM, UN Welcome Consensus on Need for Action on Libya

Joint Statement: IOM Director General António Vitorino and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi Tuesday’s discussions in Paris with European States on addressing the situation on the Mediterranean Sea, and preventing loss of life in Libya, are welcome and much-needed. The violence in Tripoli in recent weeks has made the situation more desperate than […]

Concern over Disappearance of Libyan MP

By John Lee. International bodies have expressed their concern over the disappearance of a Libyan Member of Parliament. In a statement, UNSMIL said: “UNSMIL is gravely concerned by and closely following up on media reports about the disappearance of Ms. Siham Sergewa and the injury of her husband. An elected House of Representatives member, Ms. […]

Approach to Refugees and Migrants “Must Change”

UNHCR and IOM joint statement: International approach to refugees and migrants in Libya must change On 3 July, more than 50 refugees and migrants lost their lives in an airstrike on the Tajoura Detention Centre in the east of Libya’s Tripoli. This week, we appealed to the European Union and African Union to prevent such […]

P3+3: There can be no Military Solution in Libya

The governments of Egypt, France, Italy, the UAE, the UK and the US have given a statement on the ongoing hostilities in Tripoli and the situation in Libya: “The governments of Egypt, France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America reiterate their deep concern about ongoing hostilities in […]

New Challenges for Moscow with Arrest of ‘Russian trolls’

By Kirill Semenov for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. New challenges for Moscow with arrest of ‘Russian trolls’ in Libya Security forces of Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) reportedly arrested two Russian men in Tripoli in May, though the arrests […]

Cash for Sale in Libyan Markets

By John Lee. There’s an excellent piece by Nabih Bulos in the Los Angeles Times, on the foreign exchange markets in Libya. “The strategy for making profits here is simple“, he says. “It’s a matter of exploiting both the scarcity of money as well as the difference between the official exchange rate, where a dollar […]

How to put Libya back Together

“If the sun lost its gravity, its gases would explode and its unity would no longer exist. Accordingly, unity is the basis for survival.” Muammar Qaddafi’s “Green Book”, his rambling political manifesto, is full of pabulum. But the former Libyan dictator was right about the importance of unity, something his country has sorely lacked since […]