Tag Archives | bureaucracy

Long Live Bureaucracy

Do Libya’s rulers sometimes forget that we can see what they do? In recent days the General National Congress (GNC) has approved the creation of a new body — the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) — to cut through red tape and improve the performance of the country’s bureaucracy. A worthwhile objective, most will agree, but rather […]

New Body to Shake up Bureaucracy

Libya’s General National Congress has approved the creation of a new body to cut through red tape and improve the performance of the country’s bureaucracy. According to a report from Libya Herald, the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) was first mooted by congressmen frustrated by the inability of the existing Audit Bureau to influence control the […]

You Never Win a Fight with a Customer

The decision this week to prevent Lufthansa and its subsidiary, Austrian Airlines, from landing at Tripoli airport had all the signs of a temper tantrum on the part of the Libyan authorities. The German airline had suspended flights to Libya for security reasons, in a move that apparently caused some offence, and when they announced […]

Getting the Balance Right

Libyan authorities have announced in recent days that all foreign visitors to the country must have a visa, something which was not previously required for travellers from countries such as Tunisia, Turkey and Jordan. Additionally, only Egyptians and Libyans are to be allowed to use the border crossing at Musaid. While the intention is ostensibly […]

Libya Pays Risk Premium on Food Imports

Credit fears are causing Libya to have to pay extra for food imports, according to a report from Reuters. Companies contacted by the news agency could not cite concrete cases of default by Libyan importers, but rather unease that payment could be delayed, not least by cumbersome bureaucracy. Libya is a big importer of food, […]