Lord Marland (pictured), the British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy and Chair of the British Business Ambassadors’ Network, arrived in Tripoli on Monday for the start of a three day visit.
Lord Marland is heading up a delegation from the CEO Taskforce, a group of influential British businessmen interested in cooperation and collaboration with the Libyan public and private sectors.
Twelve leading British businesses – including Mott MacDonald and BAE Systems – are represented in the delegation. They will be meeting the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Planning, Health, as well as senior representatives from the Libyan Investment Authority, Central Bank of Libya and National Oil Corporation, to discuss building a strong and effective relationship between the CEO Taskforce and Libya.
They will also discuss how British expertise in the healthcare, education, oil and gas, civil security and infrastructure sectors can contribute to the Libyan Government’s efforts to rebuild and revitalise the Libyan economy after the revolution and provide effective public services for its people.
Lord Marland will also be talking to Libyan Government Ministers about the Deauville Partnership, which is an important part of the UK’s vision for its G8 Presidency in 2013. Launched by the G8 in May 2011, the Deauville Partnership is a financial and policy framework through which G8 countries can work together with international financial institutions to provide technical assistance and support for Middle Eastern countries in transition, including Libya.
Under its G8 Presidency, the UK will help countries to put in place the building blocks of open and inclusive economies and to generate growth and prosperity in a way that reaches out to priority groups such as young people and women. Lord Marland will discuss with the Libyan Ministers how the UK and Libya can work together to take forward these priorities.
(Source: UK FCO)