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The following documents provide current or recent information about the Libyan business scene and practical advice about how to succeed doing business in Libya. Watch this space as new information will be posted here as it becomes available. We welcome submissions to this listing - please contact ppreston@lbbc.org.uk

LBBC Director General's Newsletter October 2014

Author/Source: Robin Lamb
Date: 7th Oct 2014
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

Dear Colleague, 

My apologies that this newsletter is overdue but as I write, a political process has begun, orchestrated by the UN with the support of the US, UK and Maltese governments, which offers Libya a possible escape from the downward political and security spiral it has experienced this year. 

To read the complete report click on the padlock link (LBBC Members only): 

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LBBC Director General's Newsletter July 2014

Author/Source: Robin Lamb
Date: 29th Jul 2014
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

Message from Robin Lamb LBBC Director General (July 2014)

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Libya 2014/2015 – Discovering Business

Author/Source: Allurentis in association with UK Trade & Investment.
Date: 4th Jun 2014
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

Having successfully emerged from its Revolution in 2011, Libya offers multiple opportunities for British business, but there are still significant challenges. The country’s infrastructure is poor and badly in need of the huge scale of investment planned by the Government, but turning plans into reality will take patience and determination.

To read the complete report click on the link

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LBBC Director General's Newsletter June 2014

Author/Source: Robin Lamb
Date: 2nd Jun 2014
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

Dear Colleague, 

Over the last three years, we have become used (inured? resigned?) to a Libya where the politics is atomized and competing militias challenge government, parliament the public’s and external partners’ patience in pursuit of their ideological, regional, personal or pecuniary objectives. At the same time, the very multiplicity of militias, their regional sponsors and parliamentary allies have acted as a brake on each other’s ambitions and on the risk of civil war. 

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A European agenda to support Libya’s transition

Author/Source: Mattia Toaldo [European Council on Foreign Relations]
Date: 23rd May 2014
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
Libya has not come far since overthrowing Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Political institutions lack legitimacy and are riven by factional discord. Tensions between the centre and periphery show no sign of lessening, and a protracted blockade of oil ports spells dire economic consequences. Indeed, three years after the revolution, Libya has reached a critical juncture, with deadlines for key steps, including elections and a new constitution,
looming and unlikely to be met.

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Report on LBBC Council Lunch: 27 March 2014

Author/Source: LBBC Director General
Date: 1st Apr 2014
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

Dear Colleagues
 
On 27 March, LBBC Chairman Sir Dominic Asquith hosted a Council Lunch at the RAF Club in Piccadilly, inaugurating the new series of LBBC Council Lunches.  Our guest speaker was Assad Riyany, Head of Treasury Sales at the ABC International Bank.   Please click on the link below to view his presentation* (PowerPoint) which focuses on the Libyan banking sector, its historically limited role in the wider economy and more recent activity, with some recommendations for the future.   

Besides the formal presentation, there was a wide ranging discussion among those present.  Some of the views expressed by those present included the following observations and comments. 
 
Private sector food and consumer goods businesses have flourished, drawing on financing facilities from the banks, with the Central Bank (CBL) providing the necessary foreign exchange against proper documentation.  Although public sector economic activity has been limited, the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) has obtained CBL and Ministry approval of a LD1bn ($800 million) budget.  Similarly, the Housing & Infrastructure Board (HIB) has agreed financing arrangements direct with the banks, with Ministry of Housing approval.  PPP is an attractive route for future infrastructure financing because of its implications for good governance and better control for the banks over loan capital.  Meanwhile, some outstanding debt has been paid to foreign companies and there is general goodwill towards the UK and British companies pursuing business in Libya would be welcomed.
 
In discussion of the political context, it was noted that the general feeling among Libyans was that no excuses for government inactivity were any longer acceptable.  Islamist politicians may have had enough influence in the GNC to obstruct Ali Zaidan's attempts to get things done but their strength was not reflected among the wider population: Libyans were good Muslims but not Islamists.  Abd Rabbo Al Barasi and Ibrahim Jadran had less support in eastern Libya than outsiders might assume from their endurance: their support from tribal leaders was waning and the Misurata and Zintani militias would have been able to overcome Jadran's forces if political and other leaders had not restrained them with the aim of avoiding further bloodshed between Libyans.  Barasi recognised this and had dropped the conditions he had set last week for talks with the government in Tripoli.  These developments, along with the symbolism of the Cabinet meeting in Ghat, had created a new and hopeful dynamic for continued constitutional and political development.
 
Those at the lunch agreed that this inaugural event had been a good use of their time and a promising start to our Council Lunches.  Our second lunch is only two weeks away and we look forward to seeing members there.  The details have been circulated separately.  Come and hear what one of Libya's leading private sector businessmen has to say!
 
Kind regards,

Robin Lamb
LBBC Director General

*This presentation is only accessible to LBBC members using their personal login details. If you require help or a reminder of your username/password please contact secretariat@lbbc.org.uk

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Reconstructing Libya: Stability Through National Reconciliation

Author/Source: The Brookings Doha Center: Ibrahim Sharqieh
Date: 3rd Dec 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

More than two years since the death of Muammar al-Qaddafi, the euphoria of revolution has worn off as Libya faces a multitude of difficulties. In addition to more immediate security issues, Libya struggles with questions about the past actions of the Qaddafi regime. How are those responsible for past crimes to be held accountable? And how can a deeply divided and highly militarized society establish the foundations of a more stable and secure political order?

In a new Analysis Paper by the Brookings Doha Center, Ibrahim Sharqieh highlights the urgent need for Libyans to embark on a credible and comprehensive process of national reconciliation. Drawing on extensive field research and interviews with key Libyan actors, Sharqieh argues that Libya must reassess its current legislation on the political isolation of old regime officials, launch an inclusive national dialogue process, and introduce comprehensive institutional reforms of the security services, the state bureaucracy, the media, and the judiciary.

Available in English and Arabic

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SEEKING SECURITY: PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY IN LIBYA - November 2013

Author/Source: JMW Consulting
Date: 26th Nov 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
As Libya proceeds through a political transition launched following the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and JMW Consulting are conducting a series of nationwide public opinion surveys with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. These surveys are designed to assess Libyan attitudes toward the transition, citizen confidence in political leaders and newly created institutions; and to solicit opinions on a range of issues facing the country. Diwan Market Research, a public opinion firm based in Tripoli, Libya, is conducting these surveys in collaboration with JMW Consulting. NDI is utilizing survey findings as part of a broader program to support the development of democratic and representative Libyan political parties.

The report contains findings from the second survey, conducted nationwide from September 10 to 30, 2013. These findings aggregate the results of face-to-face interviews with 1,200 Libyan respondents. Respondents were randomly selected in a probability-proportional-to-size sampling and were interviewed in all 13 governorates of Libya.

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Security Council Report: Libya November 2013 Monthly Forecast

Author/Source: UNSMIL
Date: 31st Oct 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
In November, the Council will receive the semi-annual briefing by ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on recent developments concerning cases in Libya. 

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LBBC Delegation to Libya - Sept 2013: Record of Proceedings

Author/Source: Robin Lamb: LBBC Director General
Date: 7th Oct 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG led an LBBC multi-sector business delegation to Tripoli from 22 to 26 September 2013. The delegation was formed of fifteen senior businessmen representing ten UK firms. Mohammed Fezzani, a Director of the LBBC, also accompanied the delegation which was supported by Robin Lamb (Director General) and Pauline Graham (Events Director).

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LBBC Business Delegation to Libya - Sept 2013: Guide to Delegates

Author/Source: LBBC
Date: 30th Sep 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

The official guide to delegates who attended the LBBC Business Delegation to Libya, September 2013, including an introduction by the Mission Leader Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG

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British Business Leaders Round Table - Q&A with Ali Zeidan

Author/Source: UKTI Libya Team
Date: 17th Sep 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
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FCO Minister Alistair Burt hosts Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan at the British Business Leaders' Round table:

British business leaders from a number of industry sectors with portfolios in Libya met in London on the 17 September 2013 to put their questions to Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and to exchange views about the current and future business opportunities in Libya. Lord Trefgarne and Robin Lamb attended the meeting - the LBBC being the only trade association present.

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Believing in Democracy: Public Opinion Survey in Libya (August 2013)

Author/Source: JMW Consulting and National Democratic Institute
Date: 21st Aug 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

As Libya proceeds through its political transition, a process set in motion by the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and JMW Consulting are conducting a series of nationwide public opinion surveys with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. These surveys will assess Libyan attitudes toward the transition, citizen confidence in political leaders and newly created institutions, and opinions on a range of issues facing the country. This report contains findings from the first study, conducted nationwide from May 10 to 30, 2013. 

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LBBC Member's Annual Luncheon at the House of Lords - Record of Proceedings

Author/Source: LBBC Director General Robin Lamb
Date: 26th Jun 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

Lord Trefgarne hosted the LBBC’s Annual Lunch in the Cholmondeley Room at the House of Lords on 20 June 2013. The guest speaker was Mohammed Ali Abdallah, President of the National Front Party, a member of the General National Congress (GNC) and of its Budget, Planning & Finance, and Telecommunications & Transport Committees.

Click on this link to read the full record of proceedings...

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'Dashed expectations? Tighter rules for FDI in Libya'

Author/Source: Geoffrey Howard, North Africa Analyst, Control Risks
Date: 3rd Jun 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
Former Libyan leader Muammar al-Gadhafi’s historically apathetic and occasionally hostile attitude towards foreign investment was showing signs of change in the years leading up to the 2011 uprising. Driven mainly by the need to remedy economic stagnation, the regime since the 1990s had taken steps to end Libya’s status as an international pariah and facilitate inward investment. A law passed in 2006 allowed foreign investors to form joint stock companies (JSCs) with Libyan shareholders and allowed foreign ownership stakes of up to 65%. The 2010 Investment Law allowed 100% foreign ownership across a broad range of sectors and offered investors tax breaks for specific projects.

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LBBC Director General's Newsletter May 2013

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 30th May 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
"It has been said that revolutions devour their children. In Libya’s case at the moment, it looks as if its revolution is consuming its parents..."

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ILAC Rule of Law Assessment Report, Libya 2013

Author/Source: International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC)
Date: 9th May 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
From 15 to 24 January 2013, an eight-person team of experts from member organisations of the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) conducted an intensive review of numerous justice sector institutions in Libya. This review also examined several crosscutting issues facing the justice sector in the aftermath of the 2011 revolt.

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Press Release: Sir Dominic Asquith to lead LBBC mission to Tripoli and Misurata, May 2013

Author/Source: LBBC Events
Date: 24th Apr 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
The Libyan British Business Council (LBBC), the leading trade association and membership organisation serving the UK-Libyan business community, is delighted to announce that former British Ambassador to Libya, The Hon Sir Dominic Asquith, KCMG will be mission leader of the forthcoming LBBC Business Delegation to Tripoli and Misurata, May 12–16 2013.

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Notes from the LBBC Chairman's meeting with Libyan PM Ali Zaidan

Author/Source: LBBC
Date: 26th Feb 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
At the invitation of Mr Ali Zaidan, Prime Minister of Libya, the Chairman of the Libyan British Business Council (LBBC) visited Tripoli from 20-22 February 2013 and called on the Prime Minister on 21 February 2013. Lord Trefgarne was accompanied by Mr Oliver Miles, Vice-Chairman of the LBBC and a former British Ambassador to Libya. Lord Trefgarne and Mr Miles also met members of the Board of the Libyan Businessmen Council in Tripoli.

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LBBC Business Delegation Jan 2013: Record of Proceedings

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 31st Jan 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
The Director General's report is a succinct record of proceedings of the LBBC's multi-sector delegation to Libya which took place earlier this month (January 2013). 

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LBBC Business Delegation Jan 2013: Final Programme

Author/Source: LBBC Events
Date: 31st Jan 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
The final mission programme for the LBBC Business Delegation to Libya, which took place earlier this month (January 2013).

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LBBC Business Delegation Jan 2013: Guide to Delegates

Author/Source: LBBC Events
Date: 31st Jan 2013
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
The official guide to delegates who attended the LBBC Business Delegation to Libya, January 2013.

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Libya's Investment Needs 2013

Author/Source: The Libya Herald Supplement (November 2012)
Date: 4th Dec 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
The Libya Herald is the leading English-language newspaper covering social, political, economic and cultural news in the 'New Libya'.

This is the Herald's first printed supplement - an informative examination of Libya's investment needs for 2013, covering every industry sector and with contributions from respected journalists and commentators on Libya's emerging business scene as well as from the Herald's in-house writers. 

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Libya's Post-Qaddafi Transition: The Nation-Building Challenge

Author/Source: Christopher S. Chivvis, Keith Crane, Peter Mandaville and Jeffrey Martini for the RAND National Security Research Division
Date: 30th Nov 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
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Abstract: 

A year after Qaddafi's death, the light-footprint approach adopted for Libya's postwar transition is facing its most serious test. Security, the political transition, and economic development all present challenges. The security situation requires immediate attention and could worsen still. Until the militias are brought under state control, progress on other fronts will be very difficult to achieve. In most cases, the appropriate approach is a combination of incentives and broad-based negotiation between Tripoli and militia leaders. Only in extreme cases should the use of force be considered. On the political front, Libya and international actors deserve credit for the successful elections in July, but the political challenges ahead are significant. Libya still needs to write a constitution, and in doing so, it must determine the degree to which power is centralized in Tripoli and how to ensure inclusive yet stable governing institutions. Libya also needs to begin rethinking the management of its economy, and especially of its energy resources, to maximize the benefit to its citizens, reduce corruption, and enable private enterprise to flourish in other areas, such as tourism. Libya also needs sustained assistance — mainly technical in nature — from the countries that helped oust Qaddafi lest the transition run off the rails. Despite its role in helping topple Qaddafi, NATO is absent from Libya today. A greater role for the alliance is worth exploring, for example training Libyan security officials and forces and providing technical assistance for security-sector reform. An international Friends of Libya conference on assistance to Libya is warranted. Post-conflict transitions normally span years, and Libya's will be no different. Nevertheless, if current challenges are handled adroitly, Libya could still emerge as a positive force for democratic stability in North Africa and a valuable partner against al-Qaeda.

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The Curriculum Vitae of Ali Zeidan’s proposed government ministers (November 2012)

Author/Source: Libya Herald
Date: 3rd Nov 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
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Prime Minister – Ali Zeidan

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First Deputy Prime Minister – Sadiq Abdulkarim Abdulrahman, Age 46

Bachelor’s Degree in General Surgery, 1993
Masters Degree in Medicine, 2001
PhD in Medicine, 2005
Practiced medicine in public hospitals and private clinics
Played a managing role in the field of oil services, consultations and international trade companies
Held the position of Deputy Prime Minister in the transitional government
 

Second Deputy Prime Minister – Awad Al-Barasi, Age 46

Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Tripoli University, 1979
Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Canada, 1995
PhD in Electrical Engineering from Canada, 2000
Made numerous specialised studies in electrical networks
Contributed to the policy and strategy for the electricity sector in Dubai and was in charge of following-up and the implementation of the government’s major projects
Served as the Minister of Electricity in the transitional government
 

Third Deputy Prime Minister – Abdussalam Al-Qadi, Age 45

Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Sebha
Masters Degree in olive oil extraction technology from Spain
Held several management and production positions in agriculture and industry and participated in many international conferences
 

Minister of Justice – Salah Bashir Margani, Age 61

Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Benghazi University, 1972
Masters Degree in Law Philosophy from the UK, 1979
Worked in the prosecution Office and as a consultant at the Law Department of the Ministry of Justice
Practised Law and academic work as well as some research activities
He has memberships in many law committees
 

Minister of Foreign Affairs – Ali Al-Aujali, Age 65

45 years of experience in diplomatic sector
Served as Libyan Ambassador to the United States
Worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he served as head of various political and technical departments within the Ministry
Joined the 17 February Revolution shortly after its outbreak
 

Minister of Interior – Ashour Suleiman Shuwail, Age 58

Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Benghazi University
Masters Degree in Law from Benghazi University, 1995
PhD in Law from Egypt, 2000
Worked with the police authority for 35 years and held various security tasks varied between fieldwork, criminal investigations and gained significant experience through various policing departments
 

Minister of Defence – Mohammed Mahmoud Al-Bargati, Age 71

Graduated from the Royal Military College, fourth group, 1962
Certification from the US Air Academy, 1965
Served as a Fighter Pilot, Military Attaché, Air Force Commander
Resigned from Military Service, 1994
The first to make presence at Benghazi Banina Airport during the first few days of 17 February Revolution
 

Minister for International Cooperation – Mohamed Imhamid Abdulaziz, Age 60

Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Cairo, 1975
Certification in International Diplomatic Law from the USA, 1980
Masters in International Relations (Government & Politics), USA, 1980
Served as a member of the Libyan Mission to the UN
Participated in UN Missions in Namibia and Yugoslavia
Served in the Crime Prevention Centre, Vienna
Serves as the UN Continental Representative of the Middle East and North African Drugs and Crime Office
Deputy Minister in the Libyan Transitional Government
 

Minister of Education – Mohammed Hassan Abubaker, Age 64

Bachelor’s Degree, Faculty of Arts, from Benghazi University, early 1970s
PhD in English Literature
Worked in the field of education for 39 years
Served as the head of the English Department at the Faculty of Arts, Benghazi University
 

Minister of Higher Education – Abdulasalm Bashir Duabi, Age 64

PhD Qualification
University Lecturer
Worked in the field of education for 36 years
Produced publications and researches in the field of education & planning
 

Minister of Agriculture – Ahmed Ayad Ali Al-Urfi, Age 45

Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Science from Omar Mukhtar University, 1990
Worked as an agricultural engineer
Held many administrative positions relating to production and technical affairs
Headed several committee within his field of expertise
 

Minister of Industry – Suleiman Ali Al-Taif Al-Fituri, Age 55

Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Tripoli University, 1978
Masters Degree in the field of Control Engineering, UK, 1994
PhD in the field of Control Engineering, UK, 1998
Worked in the oil sector within the fields of maintenance, operations, tenders and procurement
 

Minister of Tourism – Ms Ikram Abdulsalam Imam, Age 59

Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Tripoli University, 1975
Worked in the Social Security Sector as head of design and as a projects manager which included hotels and residential compounds
Served with the General Commission of Religion as well as the General Commission of Tourism
Participated in the Planning, Implementation and Management of several Libyan International Tourist Exhibitions
 

Minister of Labour and Retraining – Mohamed Fitouri Sualim, Age 49

Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Tripoli University, 1987
Worked with the General Authority of Manufacturing as well some other service providing companies
Served for some years in the private sector
 

Minister of Transport –Abdel-Qader Mohamed Ahmed Al-Ayib, Age 57

Pilot License Qualification from the UK, 1977
Masters Degree in Islamic Studies
Served in various aviation positions within the operations & training departments
 

Minister of Finance – Dr Alkilani Abdel-Qadir Al-Jazi, Age 62

Bachelor’s Degree in Economy & Commerce from Benghazi University, 1974
Masters Degree in Accountancy
PhD in Accountancy
Served as an academic lecturer at the Economy & Commerce Faculty of Benghazi
Has more than 15 years of experience in Banking and Finance
 

Minister of Oil – Abdulbari Ali Abdel-Hadi Al-Arusi, Age 51

Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering
Masters degree in the field of corrosion protection from the UK, 1988
PhD In the field of corrosion protection from UK, 1992
Worked as an engineer with Sirte oil company for many years and played important roles in the field of follow-up, inspection and training
 

Minister of Electricity – Dr Ali Mohammed Muhairiq, Age 57

Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Tripoli University, 1978
Masters in Electrical Engineering, Canada, 1984
PhD in Electrical Engineering, Canada, 1987
Designed, supervised and managed water, steam, gas and solar energy stations
Designed and supervised many electric energy systems around the world
 

Minister of Economy – Mustafa Mohammed Abufunas, Age 54

Degree in Political science from Benghazi University, 1988
Served in the Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Economy for 20 years
 

Minister of Religious Affairs – Dr Abdulsalam Mohammed Abusaad, Age 66

Bachelor’s Degree in Islamic Studies from Azhar University, Egypt, 1970
Higher Diploma in Education, Tripoli University, 1974
Masters Degree in Fiqh (Islamic knowledge), Azhar University, 1975
PhD in Quran Explanation, Morocco, 2000
Served in the education and academic sectors; the Dawah (call to Islam) field and has 30 published pieces of research
 

Minister of Culture – Habib Mohammed Al-Amin, Age 46

Bachelor’s Degree in Archeology, Benghazi University, 1988
Postgraduate Diploma, Faculty of Classics, 1997
Contributed as a poet, writer and political activist in the general Libyan media sector
Worked as a manger of culture and civil society affairs after the 17 February Revolution until now
 

Minister of Health – Dr Nurideen Abdulhamid Dagman, Age 58

Bachelor’s Degree in medicine from Benghazi University, 1981
Masters Degree in Medicine from the UK, 1994
PhD in Medicine from the UK, 1996
Served as a specialised doctor in Benghazi and UK hospitals
Served as a director of the doctors affairs office
Served as a director of medical services in Benghazi
Served as the director of the children’s hospital and director of the Benghazi blood bank
 

Minister of Social Affairs – Ms Kamila Khamis Al-Mazini, Age 57

Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies from Benghazi University, 1993
Masters Degree in Social Studies from Benghazi University, 1998
PhD in Social Studies from Egypt, 2009
Served as a social researcher and a director of social care institutes and social fund
Served as a lecturer and has many published scientific studies and researches in the fields of social studies
Prior to appointment as minister worked as the head of social services in Benghazi
 

Minister of Housing – Ali Hussein Al-Sharif, Age 47

Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Benghazi University, 1989
Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Canada, 1998
Experience of more than 20 years in the field of civil engineering, which included design, supervision and management
 

Minister of Planning – Mahdi Ataher Genia, Age 55

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Benghazi University, 1980
Masters Degree in Business Management from Benghazi University, 1990
PhD in Business Management from the UK, 1996
Worked in management and teaching
Lead many committees in his fields of specialisation specialisation and has many publications
 

Minister of Martyrs and Missing – Sami Mustafa Al-Saadi, Age 46

Masters Degree in Islamic Studies from Pakistan, 1999
Political Prisoner from 2004 – 2010; was recaptured during 17 February Revolution and released in Tripoli after liberation
Member of the Libyan Muslim scholars committee
Head of the Moderate Nation Group and the High Commission of Tripoli Thuwar
Preacher & Imam
Islamic & Political writer and researcher 
 

Minister of Communications – Osama Abdurauf Siala, Age 42

Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Tripoli University, 1993
Worked with leading international communications companies working in Libya
Has considerable experience in the fields of telephone and internet systems management
 

Minister of Sports and Youth – Abdulsalam Abdullah Guaila, Age 45

Bachelor’s Degree in Production Engineering from Brak, Libya, 1990
Served in the sports sector and was a footballer, and has close ties with youth sport committees
 

Minister of Local Government – Abubaker Al-Hadi Mohammed, Age 60

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the USA, 1979
Masters Degree in Business Management from the USA, 1981
PhD in Administrative Data Systems from Egypt, 1993
Teaching staff member in many educational establishments
Served in many management positions, including foreign trade affairs, the Ministry of Economy, the head of economic affairs, registrar at Sebha University
Served as Deputy Minister of Local Government in the Transitional Government
 

Minister of Water Resources – Alhadi Suleiman Hinshir, Age 61

Bachelor’s Degree in Geological Science, Tripoli University, 1975
Worked in the field of exploration, and with the Ministry of Damns and Water Resources
Held many managerial positions with the general company of water and has an experience of more than 30 years in this field
 

Minister for GNC affairs – Muaz Fathi Al-Kujah (special ministry), Age 51

Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Tripoli University, 1984
Worked with Department of Social services, held many managerial positions
Currently serves as the executive manager of a development and social security company
 

Minister for the Injured – Ramadan Ali Mansour Zarmuh (special ministry), Age 63

Graduate of the Military College, Egypt 1970
Officer at the Tripoli Military College, and the Air Force College of Misrata
Resigned from the Army in 1990
Served as the head of Misrata Military Council in 2011

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LBBC Director General's Newsletter November 2012

Author/Source: Robin Lamb
Date: 2nd Nov 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
"The General National Congress’s (GNC) approval on 31 October of the Cabinet proposed by Prime Minister Ali Zaidan opens a new phase in Libya’s post-revolution development.   

You will recall that following elections in July, the National Transitional Council (NTC), which had ruled Libya since the revolution, was dissolved and gave way to the elected GNC on 9 August 2012.   The GNC elected Dr Mustafa Abu Shagur as Prime Minister on 12 September but rejected his Ministerial nominees and dismissed him on 7 October.  Ali Zaidan was elected PM on 14 October and presented his government to the GNC on 30 October..."

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The Libya Report News Analysis - Libya’s long-term budget challenge

Author/Source: The Libya Report
Date: 12th Oct 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
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Libya’s long-term budget challenge

Last week the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published the latest version of its twice-yearly World Economic Outlook, a set of projections on the global economy for the next five years.

Assembling economic forecasts for Libya is no easy task, given the dearth of reliable local data since the end of last year’s conflict and the ongoing uncertainty in the political arena. Nor does any Libyan government institution openly publish any projections, making it impossible to compare and contrast local and international sources. But however accurate they may be, the IMF’s figures ask some interesting questions about the long-term picture...

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The Libya Report News Analysis – Aviation still waiting for take-off

Author/Source: The Libya Report
Date: 27th Sep 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
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Aviation still waiting for take-off

Recent events have not been a great advertisement for Libyan aviation. A power cut shut down Tripoli International Airport for more than 12 hours in early September, an unannounced strike by air traffic controllers a week later caused long delays to flights, and airspace was temporarily closed over Benghazi after the 11 September attack on the US diplomatic mission, forcing cancellations and diversions.

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Libya’s Post Election Landscape: The Outlook for International Business

Author/Source: ie consultancy+
Date: 12th Sep 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
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Libya’s General National Congress today announced the election of Dr. Mustafa Abushagur as Libya’s new Prime Minister. It is currently expected that Dr. Abushagur will have a period of two weeks to select his cabinet, after which a further period of two weeks will be allocated to hear appeals before confirming the cabinet appointments. 

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Libya Political Overview

Author/Source: ie consultancy+
Date: 6th Sep 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
This document is a brief overview of the political landscape in Libya. Business travellers should consider the political timetable detailed herein when planning visits to Libya - given that we won't see a new government take office until mid-October at the earliest, it seems that a number of business missions and trade delegations may be jumping the gun and going out too early.

At ie consultancy we have significantly increased our capacity to provide detailed market research across a range of sectors and conduct due-diligence enquiries on the ground. You can find more information about our range of business advisory and support services at www.ie-consultancy.com - please note our new website will be going live in mid-September. 

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Libyan Election Guide ~ July 2012 [summary]

Author/Source: The Inkerman Group
Date: 3rd Jul 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
The Inkerman Group Guide to the Libyan Elections ~ July 2012: A summary of the Inkerman Group's guide to the upcoming Libyan elections. For access to the complete Guide or for more information about this report Tel: +44 (0) 1233 646940 or email: enquiries@inkerman.com.

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Libya Elections Analysis: So who are they and what do they stand for?

Author/Source: George Grant
Date: 1st Jul 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

George Grant moved to Tripoli a few months ago to become deputy editor for the Libya Herald, the first post-Qaddafi English-language daily, as well as the new Libya correspondent for The Times (UK). This article is his "attempt to decode what's going on with Libya's forthcoming - and it has to be said somewhat baffling - elections". LBBC Online has featured work by George Grant previously in his role as Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society (see the entry below dated March 2, 2012 "The State of Libya: One Year Beyond the Revolution"). 

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Libyan Election Workshop: Invitation to UK-based Libyans

Author/Source: Abeer Maghribi NTC Executive Officer / International Organization for Migration Out of Country Voting
Date: 1st Jul 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

An invitation to Libyan citizens residing in the UK to attend a workshop explaining the election process. The workshop is at 7pm on Monday 2nd July at:

Abrar House

45 Crawford Place
London 
W1H 4LP

For further information see:

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Libya Election July 2012 - Political Party Profiles

Author/Source: Libya Herald
Date: 30th Jun 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
Profiles of three of the four main political parties set to contest Libya’s first National Congress Election on 7th July. This will be the first national election in Libya since the revolution and the fall of the former regime, and the first general election in the country since 1952. Out-of-country voting will take place over five days, from 3-7 July, 2012, in the following countries: Canada, Germany, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.

Compiled by Umar Khan (Libya Herald). For more information about the Libyan elections see the Libya Herald's excellent Election Special coverage at: http://www.libyaherald.com/category/electionspecial/ 

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Libyan Ministry of Planning Procurement Notice (Extension)

Author/Source: Libya Ministry of Planning
Date: 28th Jun 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

This document is a Request for Expressions of Interest (EOI), the first procurement notice issued by the Libyan Ministry of Planning, with respect to consultancy services for existing contracts/projects in Libya. It provides details for how to submit proposals to the Ministry and extends the deadline for submissions to Thursday 5 July 2012. 

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Libya Election July 2012

Author/Source: LBBC
Date: 25th Jun 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

Libya Election 2012

According to the Wall Street Journal, four parties are likely to dominate the July 7th polls:

1. The National Front: Affiliated with a 1980s-era anti-Gaddafi group, the party is led by Mohammed al-Magariaf, an exiled intellectual dissident leader from a prominent eastern Libyan family.

2. The Justice and Construction Party: The political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Its leader is Mohamed Sowan, a Gaddafi-era political prisoner.

3. The Libyan National Party: An Islamist group led by religious scholar Ali al-Salabi and former Islamist militant Abdul Hakim Belhaj.

4. The National Forces Alliance: An umbrella coalition of liberal parties led by Mahmoud Jibril, the head of the rebel government that received Western support for efforts to overthrow the Gaddafi regime. Mr. Jibril isn't on the list of candidates.

The Commission for Integrity and Patriotism 

Around 2500 people will contest 120 seats reserved for individual candidates, while over 100 parties will compete for the remaining 80 seats in a 200-body parliamentary assembly that will have full control over national security, foreign affairs and Libya's oil wealth.

A vetting panel called the Commission for Integrity and Patriotism has scrutinised the estimated 4,000 candidates vying in the election, scheduled for July 7, the goal of which is to find and block those with ties to Gaddafi, his family and the former regime or considered traitors to the revolution that overthrew him.

At the start of campaigning this week, the panel said it had rejected 320 would-be candidates from taking part in the poll, while the election commission disqualified 650 others - a significant share of those who sought to run for office.

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Libya: Now for the Three Commercial Ghosts

Author/Source: Raid Abu-Manneh and Wisam Sirhan (Mayer Brown LLP)
Date: 11th Jun 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
Rather like Dickens’ Mr Scrooge, Libya under new management has, commercially, to confront three ghosts – Contracts Past, Present and Yet to Come. Tough decisions have to be made about them and those with business interests in Libya need to think hard about what the answers might be. So, legally, does the way things were provide a likely practical solution for the new Libya and its contracts or might the new commercial landscape be something completely different?

This article first appeared in a slightly different form in Building Magazine, 9 December 2011

Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with offices in major cities across the Americas, Asia and Europe.

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Resolution 103/2012: Special Report

Author/Source: Ibrahim E Mayet of ie. Consultancy +
Date: 30th May 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

Resolution 103/2012: Foreign participation in Joint Ventures and the rules for opening Branch and Representative Offices in Libya

The Libyan Ministry of Economy has passed a decree regulating the areas of activity and ownership for foreign participation in the Libyan market. Resolution 103/2012, which sets out new rules for the establishment of joint venture companies, branch offices and representative offices, lowers the barriers to entry for foreign businesses and represents a significant step towards a more liberalised commercial environment in Libya.

Prepared by commercial legal experts at UK-Libyan agency ie. Consultancy + this document identifies the key developments contained within Resolution 103/2012 and summarises the broad implication for foreign businesses.

It follows an earlier summary of Libya’s commercial laws, which is published below (see: ‘Company Formation Regulations in Libya’, April 2012)

A full 10-page report, published on June 5th, includes a comprehensive analysis of Resolution 103/2012 and examines in detail what these changes to Libya’s commercial legal framework mean for foreign investors and new market entrants. If you are planning a commercial venture in Libya or considering the various partnership options available to international businesses, this report is compulsory reading.

The full report is available to purchase for £400.00 (zero-rated VAT). To pre-order a copy, contact the London or Tripoli offices of ie. Consultancy + 

LBBC members who would like to purchase a copy of the full report at a special discounted price of £325.00 should contact the Secretariat on: secretariat@lbbc.org.uk or call +44 (0) 20 7152 4051.

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Law No. 36 2012: ‘The Administration of the Assets and Properties of Some Individuals’.

Author/Source: NTC and Central Bank of Libya
Date: 24th May 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

This document, translated from the Arabic, is entitled ‘The Administration of the Assets and Properties of Some Individuals’ and lists those individuals and companies whose assets Libya’s NTC has frozen.

The list covers a total of 338 entities, of which the first 260 are individuals and the remaining 79 are companies, including branches of foreign companies.

Following the list there are two notes dated 17 May, one from the NTC and one from the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), adding qualifications to the original decree which was made on May 2nd but only published this week. 

For further commentary and context on these developments the following news stories may be of interest:
Click here for the original ruling, in Arabic, on the NTC's official website at www.ntc.gov.ly 

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Official Guide to Delegates - LBBC Multi-sector Delegation to Libya April 2012

Author/Source: LBBC Secretariat
Date: 9th May 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

This official 40-page guide lists all of the delegates who attended the LBBC multi-sector delegation to Tripoli and Misurata in April. 

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The Director General's Report - LBBC Multi-sector Delegation to Libya April 2012

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 9th May 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

The Director General's report is a succinct record of proceedings of the LBBC's first full delegation to Libya since the ouster of the old regime. 

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Recent Economic Developments in Libya - Central Bank Presentation

Author/Source: Libyan Central Bank
Date: 9th May 2012
Doc type/Link: PPT
Synopsis:

This presentation, delivered by Ali Salim Al Hibri Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, during the LBBC's multi-sector Delegation to Tripoli in April, covers the following topics:
  • An overview of the Libyan economy
  • An examination of the external sector and foreign trade
  • An examination of the public finances
  • An overview of the banking sector in Libya
  • A summary of the future outlook and prospects for Libya's economic development

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Company Formation Regulations in Libya

Author/Source: Ibrahim E Mayet of i.e. Consultancy
Date: 10th Apr 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

N.B. The information in this entry has been updated by more recent developments: see the document entitled 'Special Report - Resolution 103/2012, 28 May 2012' in this section (above).

Company Formation in Libya

The information contained in this document is correct at the time of publication (April 10 2012). But due to the ongoing review process of Libya's commercial laws, these details may be subject to change*. The LBBC and i.e. Consultancy will endeavour to keep you informed of any changes as they occur. Any LBBC members and website visitors who are interested in setting up in Libya can contact i.e. Consultancy – which has an excellent legal team and is well-placed to advise international clients regarding the rules and procedures for setting up a business in Libya. 

Doing Business in Libya – Q1 Review – 01.04.2012

There has been a lot of talk and confusion around the commercial legal situation in Libya. Some consultancies are telling their clients that the draft laws have already been passed. For example they are advising companies to set-up Joint Stock Companies on a 51%-49% basis.

i.e. Consultancy has confirmation that the laws have NOT yet been passed and that the draft proposals are still being reviewed by the new Libyan Minister of Economy, Ahmed Salam Al Kohley and the Cabinet. The time-frame for a definitive decision is unknown; things could change at any time. And even if new regulations are introduced they will not necessarily be set in stone. Libya really is in a state of transition!

*N.B. As part of the Ministry of Economy's current review process Branch Office Registration by international companies has been suspended until further notice. All other business set-up options are still in place. No further details are available at this time. [Thursday 12 April].

In the medium term, while major new projects will not be commissioned by the interim government there are still clear opportunities for international companies to participate in the essential maintenance, development and reconstruction projects which are being undertaken. This transitional period does present international companies with an invitation to develop a presence and gain a foothold in the Libyan market. Early engagement will benefit those willing to engage.

Following the elections scheduled for June 2012 the current transitional government will give way to a second temporary administration which will govern until full elections are held in June 2013. Given the inevitable turn-over in public officials, it is essential that British businesses engage with Libya’s growing private sector – the professionals, companies and organisations which are likely to remain constant throughout the political transition.

Setting up a business in Libya: 

  • Proposed changes to Libyan commercial law are currently in draft form; it is unclear when or even if they will come into force.
  • The level of support or resistance to the proposals from both the Libyan and international business communities may affect the final outcome.
  • It appears that the proposals will raise the bar for foreign companies, ostensibly in an attempt to limit entry to companies which are serious and capable of achieving success/longevity.
  • Unfortunately it will also likely discourage SMEs.
  • It is considered unlikely that any new laws would be applied retrospectively which would suggest now may be a good time to set up.

For more information:

Contact ie.

www.ie-consultancy.com 

Twitter: @ieLibya

info@ie-consultancy.com 

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The State of Libya: One Year Beyond the Revolution

Author/Source: George Grant Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society
Date: 2nd Mar 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

About the Author 

George Grant is a Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, which he joined in October 2009. George has written 
extensively for HJS on a wide range of issues relating to British foreign policy and international relations, with major recent 
publications including “Succeeding in Afghanistan” (September 2010) and “The Tipping Point: British National Strategy 
and the UK’s Future World Role” (July 2011). Since February 2011, George has worked closely on the conflict in Libya 
and the country’s subsequent efforts towards democratic transition. He writes frequently for mainstream national and 
international newspapers including the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal Europe, and regularly 
appears on TV and radio news outlets including the BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel 4 News and Sky News. A frequent speaker 
on foreign policy and defence issues, George has given briefings to senior officials at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 
the Ministry of Defence, the Stabilisation Unit and lecturers at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. George has an 
MA (Hons) in History from the University of Edinburgh, and an MA (with Distinction) in Investigative Journalism from City 
University, London. 

© 2012 The Henry Jackson Society. All rights reserved. www.henryjacksonsociety.org 

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Director General's Report on LBBC Visit to Libya 13-18 Jan 2012

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 27th Jan 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
"Oliver Miles, Deputy Chairman, and I paid a second LBBC reconnaissance visit to Libya from 13-18 January 2012. Our aim was to establish whether Libya was more prepared for a full business delegation than it had been when Lord Trefgarne and I were there in September. This time, we visited Tripoli and Misurata, having been advised against including Benghazi because of the preoccupation of decision makers there with local political challenges...."

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International Monetary Fund: Libya - Concluding Statement of the 2012 Staff Visit

Author/Source: IMF External Relations Department
Date: 26th Jan 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
This document describes the preliminary findings of IMF staff at the conclusion of an official staff visit to Libya in January 2012. Missions are undertaken as part of regular (usually annual) consultations under Article IV of the IMF's Articles of Agreement, in the context of a request to use IMF resources (borrow from the IMF), as part of discussions of staff monitored programs, and as part of other staff reviews of economic developments.

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Libya Political & Security Assessment ~ January 2012:

Author/Source: Stirling Assynt
Date: 17th Jan 2012
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
An exclusive report by LBBC Council Member Stirling Assynt, assessing the current political and security situation in Libya. Tribal tensions, the role of local militias and the stability of the interim administration are all subjects under scrutiny. 

Please note, this report can be accessed by LBBC members only 

"The feasibility of business operations in Libya will, in the coming months at least, be largely determined by the security environment. Meanwhile, both political and security developments may have a significant impact on the allocation of contracts. Other industry concerns, such as corruption..."

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LBBC Director General's Newsletter December 2011

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 21st Dec 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
On 16 December 2011, the Security Council Committee established under SCR 1970 (2011) to oversee sanctions on Libya removed the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) and the Libyan Foreign Bank (LFB) from its list of individuals and entities subject to the assets freeze. The Foreign Secretary immediately issued a statement welcoming the decision and claiming it meant that Libya’s government would now have full access to the significant funds needed to help rebuild the country.

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LBBC Director General's Newsletter November 2011

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 24th Nov 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
The arrests of Saif al Islam Qadhafi and Abdullah Senussi apart, Libya has been overshadowed in the media recently by the euro’s tribulations and now by new turbulence in Cairo. Like me, no doubt, you have been watching to see when the political and economic situation in Libya would develop to a point where it would allow business and effective business visits to resume.

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LBBC Council Members' Briefing by Patrick Forbes

Author/Source: Patrick Forbes
Date: 7th Nov 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
On 7 November Patrick Forbes of Qatar-based communications consultancy Forbes Associates briefed LBBC Council Members on the current situation in Libya. To read a report of this briefing click on the link.

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Report: LBBC Briefing: Doing Business in the New Libya (18 Oct 2011)

Author/Source: Robin Lamb
Date: 26th Oct 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
A briefing event on Libya jointly organised by MEC International Ltd and the Libyan British Business Council (LBBC) was held on 18 October 2011 at the offices of FTI Consulting at Holborn Gate (26 Southampton Buildings), London WC2A 1PB. The event was hosted by Raoul Bhavnani, Senior Managing Director, Global Affairs at FTI Consulting.

The event was chaired by Oliver Miles, Executive Director of MEC International and a Board member of the LBBC. He announced that the event would be held under the Chatham House Rule1. This record does not therefore identify speakers or their affiliations.

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LBBC Briefing: Notes on Lord's Howell's speech to the LBBC (18 Oct 2011)

Author/Source: Rt Hon Lord (David) Howell of Guildford, Minister of State, FCO.
Date: 26th Oct 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:
Notes on Lord's Howell's speech at the LBBC/MEC briefing on Business Opportunities in the New Libya (18 Oct 2011)

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LBBC Director General's Newsletter September 2011

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 5th Sep 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
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For six months, the NTC and its partners have been preoccupied with winning the battle against Qadhafi. Now that the military campaign is drawing towards a conclusion and the NTC is turning its attention to stabilization, humanitarian relief and the restoration of basic supplies, it will soon focus on the needs for reconstruction and economic development…Shortly, there will once more be a role for international trade and investment – and the NTC’s public commitment to an economic policy along the lines I described is encouraging.

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LBBC Director General's Newsletter August 2011

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 31st Aug 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
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…events have done nothing to dispel fears that fault lines within the opposition could widen. Many have warned that it is a coalition of disparate organisations with diverse ideologies and objectives, united only at present by their common determination to rid Libya of the Qadhafi regime.

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LBBC Director General's Statement July 2011

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 27th Jul 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
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…William Hague announced the United Kingdom's recognition of the National Transitional Council as the sole governmental authority in Libya…Mr Hague also announced that at the request of the Arabian Gulf Oil Company (AGOCO), the UK would make available £91 million of the Company’s assets in the UK.

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Document: LBBC Director General's Update June 2011

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 24th Jun 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

On 21 June the US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) banned transactions with the Arab Turkish Bank, the North Africa International Bank and North Africa Commercial Bank. OFAC also designated six other entities as subject to US sanctions. They are: General Company for Chemical Industries (aka Abu Kammash, aka GCCI) ; General National Maritime Transport Company (GNMTC); Ghana Libya Arab Holding Company (GLAHCO); GLAHCO Hotels and Tourism Development Company Ltd (aka Golden Tulip Hotel Accra); Libyan Norwegian Fertiliser Company (LIFECO); Pak-Libya Holding Company...

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LBBC Announcement - Advice to Members

Author/Source: LBBC and MEC International Ltd
Date: 17th Jun 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

The LBBC and MEC International Ltd held a joint meeting at the offices of Stephenson Harwood on 6 June when 100 participants heard presentations by Richard Northern (HM Ambassador Tripoli), Patrick Guthrie (Asset Freezing Unit, HM Treasury) and Guma El-Gamaty (UK Coordinator, National Transitional Council in Libya).

LBBC members seeking a license of exemption to financial sanctions or having other queries about asset freezing and financial sanctions relating to Libya are invited to co

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LBBC Director General's Newsletter May 2011

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 9th May 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

The DG's regular newsletter examines the current developments in Libya and explains how the LBBC is helping to anticipate the changing situation in the interests of our members. Please click on the link below to read this document.

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LBBC Report: Bilateral Business Relations with Libya (Updated Information 3)

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 15th Apr 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

This is the fourth of the DG’s summaries detailing the international and UK measures now governing bilateral relations with Libya. This report covers topics including sanctions, oil exports and humanitarian aid, as well as ongoing developments with the political and diplomatic situation.

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LBBC Report: Bilateral Business Relations with Libya (Updated Information 2)

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 27th Mar 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

A second supplement to the DG’s summaries (of March 7 and March 14) detailing the international and UK measures now governing bilateral relations with Libya.

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LBBC Report: Bilateral Business Relations with Libya (Updated Information)

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 14th Mar 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

A supplement to the DG’s summary (of March 7th) detailing the international and UK measures now governing bilateral relations with Libya. Includes additional advice from the Treasury with respect to trade with Libya.

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LBBC Report: Meeting with Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, the Minister for UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 10th Mar 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

The DG’s summary of a meeting attended by Lord Trefgarne and Robin Lamb of the LBBC and Lord Green, during which the Minister answered a number of questions about the current situation in Libya, UK policy, the workings of international sanctions and the prospects of relief for British companies from the impact of sanctions, with particular focus on the oil and gas industry in Libya.

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LBBC Report: Bilateral Business Relations with Libya

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 7th Mar 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

The DG’s summary of the international and UK measures now governing bilateral relations with Libya. Includes advice on travel, trade and asset-freezing from the FCO, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Treasury.

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Presentations Delivered to the LBBC Healthcare Delegation, Tripoli, 14-17 February 2010

Author/Source: Various Speakers
Date: 1st Mar 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

These presentations were delivered during the LBBC Healthcare Delegation to Tripoli, 14-17 February 2010. During this three-day event, the delegates were addressed by over a dozen government officials, industry spokespeople and healthcare experts who delivered presentations on a variety of important topics concerning the Libyan healthcare industry. Click on the 'READ MORE' button below for a list of these presentations and speakers, together with brief introductions, biographies, a summary of each presentation’s content and, where available, a link to each of the speakers’ presentation notes (usually in PowerPoint 2003 or 2007 format).

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LBBC Director Generals Newsletter February 2011

Author/Source: Robin Lamb, LBBC Director General
Date: 28th Feb 2011
Doc type/Link: PDF
Synopsis:

The DG’s regular newsletter examines the recent developments in Libya and explains how we are helping anticipate the changing situation in the interests of our members.

“It is too early to tell how long economic disruption will continue or how serious the impact of political events will be on established business in Libya. But not all the news need be bad – and disruption can also bring opportunity….Our contacts have always gone beyond the Qadhafi regime and include some of the key figures who are now forming the nucleus of an alternative government in Benghazi…[they] have enabled us to keep in direct touch with developments in Libya in the last two weeks and, as soon as the dust settles, we plan an early visit to the country to engage and expand our network.”

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Useful Links

The following Websites (in alphabetical order) provide useful information for companies and organisations doing business in or with Libya. Watch this space as new links will be added regularly. If you are a website owner and would like your site included in this list, please contact ppreston@lbbc.org.uk.

BBC Country Profile: Libya

BBCThe BBC’s Country Profile of Libya provides an excellent and up-to-date summary of basic information about Libya; for further up-to-date information see also the FCO’s country profile.
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British Council, Libya:

The British Council in Libya connects people with learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK and aims to build lasting relationships between the UK and Libya.
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British Embassy, Tripoli:

Here you can learn about the range of services that the Embassy in Tripoli provides to Libyan and British citizens and businesses.
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MEC International

MEC International is a global business development and business intelligence consultancy which helps corporate clients expand their international markets through the provision of unique insight and analysis, and has particular experience in energy, finance and the Middle East and North Africa. LBBC Deputy Chairman Oliver Miles is an Executive Director of MEC International.
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UK Trade & Investment

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to help ensure their success in international markets, providing business opportunities, expert trade advice and support to UK-based companies wishing to grow their commercial interests overseas; it also encourages the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.
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