Tag Archives | Libyan Dinar

Malta “Seizes Cash bound for Haftar”

By John Lee. Malta has reportedly seized a massive shipment of an unofficial Libyan currency believed to have been destined for the Eastern-based government in Baida. According to Times of Malta, the cash is thought to have originated from Russia, which has been printing money for the unrecognised Libyan government, based in the eastern city […]

More Russian-Printed Dinars enter Circulation

By John Lee. A parallel central bank in eastern Libya reportedly stepped up deliveries of new banknotes from Russia earlier this year, around the time that Khalifa Haftar launched his military offensive to capture Tripoli. Russian customs data obtained by Reuters shows nearly 4.5 billion Libyan dinars ($3.2 billion) despatched between February and June, apparently […]

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 […]

Libya announces launch of first Polymer Banknote

The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) has launched its 1 Dinar banknote that will be printed on De La Rue’s polymer substrate, Safeguard®. This is the first polymer banknote to be released by the Central Bank of Libya, and one of the first polymer banknotes to be released in the region. The introduction of polymer […]

End to Libyan Liquidity Crisis “by early 2019”

By John Lee. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) has reportedly said he sees the Libyan dinar stabilising next year as restoring liquidity could crimp armed groups’ funds. Ahmed Maiteeg (pictured) told Reuters that Libya expects to end a long-running liquidity crisis by early 2019 as a foreign currency tax […]

Libyan GDP Grew 55% in 2017

According to the WFP‘s latest Safety Nets Alert Platform (SNAP), the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Libya grew up by 55 percent in 2017 from the previous year. The improved performance has been driven by a revival in oil output and a pick-up in global oil prices. Crude Oil Production in Libya decreased slightly to […]

Libyan Dinar continues to Fall

By John Lee. A recent report has found that, since November, the Libyan dinar has lost 9.1 percent against the US dollar on the ‘parallel’ market, having already depreciated by 4.8 percent in the previous month. Swiss-based NGO REACH says that this has created further inflationary pressures in Libya. The full report can be downloaded […]