The LBBC Business Risk Advisor
The Libyan people’s political and economic hopes following the 2011 revolution, repeatedly confirmed by several elections over the years that followed, have been frustrated by political failure and armed conflict between rival politicians, regions and militias.
There is no sign of an early resolution to this conflict and it may get worse before it gets better. But the country’s tribulations will pass and the Libyan people’s aspirations for a more settled and prosperous future will be within their reach once more. At that stage, they will look for goods, services and partnerships with overseas suppliers and, as an oil exporter, will have the financial resources to pay for the country’s needs.
No-one can predict when stability will return so it is crucial to monitor developments in-country to ensure that, when it does, LBBC members are ready to resume business. The LBBC has created this page to provide members and their clients with access to up-to-date information and analyses. The material on this page is provided by professional risk advisory companies with staff on the ground in Libya.
This is not to say that there is no business to be done in Libya even now. Visible (and no doubt invisible) exports continue, albeit at a modest rate, and some contracts are offered. The risk advisory page provides a valuable resource for members considering responding to these business prospects and the opportunity to consult the companies involved on the conditions affecting the viability and location of the particular business under consideration.
We are sure that LBBC members - both experienced Libyan operators and businesses new to the Libyan market - will find the information provided on this page and the more detailed advice available from the providers both interesting and a valuable input to their business strategies and decisions.
|SNE Special Projects|
SNE continues to keep our permanent expat country management team on the ground in Tripoli supporting our clients international and local personnel as well as critical infrastructure. We are also currently involved in working with many of our clients on their re-entry planning, security risk management surveys and political sector analysis. To discuss these services further please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
SNE Libya Security Summary - 21 June 2016
Early in the reporting week, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) authorised measures to further prevent arms trafficking into Libya. United Nations Council members voted unanimously to approve a resolution that allows member states to inspect vessels to and from Libya on waters off the country’s coast to seize and dispose of any weapons and ammunition that are found.
The text of the resolution voices concern that "arms and related material are being used by terrorist groups operating in Libya, including Daesh".
The European Union (EU) sanctioned a search for weapons believed to have been loaded on six ships heading to replenish Daesh. One ship carried the Turkish flag; another holds Liberia’s and three other ships came from Panama, Bolivia, and Tanzania, in addition to a cargo ship registered in Comoros. The ships were reported to have sailed from a Turkish port and have possibly shut down their navigation system in order not to be discovered through satellite.
Tripoli has continued to struggle through major power outages throughout the week. Local residents took to the streets of the capital to protest against the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNC) headed by Faiez Serraj. Some tyres were set ablaze and some roads were blocked during the protests.
The ongoing fighting in the west to control Sirte, led by the Misratan and Oil infrastructure guard’s forces, continued throughout the reporting week. Daesh are now pinned down in the centre of Sirte formerly their stronghold in Libya. However, Daesh have hit back with suicide bombings, snipers and counter-attacks since the GNA forces fought their way into the city last week. The GNA reported that the latest suicide attack is now the ninth carried out by the beleaguered Jihadists known as Daesh.
The operation to retake Sirte has so far left 164 pro-GNA fighters dead and more than 500 wounded, according to an AFP count, based on reports from medical officials. Later in the week the Italian Foreign Minister made a statement that General Khalifa Haftar "had, had no role to play and he was absent throughout". The advance showed that "actions by the Libyans against Daesh is possible", he said. He also said that Italy was working on this and that the action undertaken by Misrata militia and oil infrastructure guards was "very encouraging".
Whilst in the east, the speaker of Libya's eastern parliament has declared martial law in areas under its control, a move intended to empower its military to respond quickly to infiltration by militias loyal to the rival, U.N.-brokered GNC in the capital. Parliament Speaker Agila Saleh's declaration places the military on high alert and expands its powers.The measure reflects the eastern administration's consternation as it comes under growing pressure by the international community to recognize the Tripoli-based national unity government.
A militia group in Libya calling itself The Benghazi Defense Forces launched an attack on eastern military units in an area close to oil facilities. Those facilities included three oil terminals north of the country’s major oil fields. A spokesperson for Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) stated that the facilities were not threatened, but that the PFG was ready to protect them.
SNE Special Projects (SNE) as part of our dynamic growth strategy, have been in discussions with Janus Security International Ltd (JSI) and Sterling Global Operations Inc (SGO), providers of integrated risk management, munitions response and logistic solutions. The result of these engagements is that the three entities, SNE, JSI and SGO, are now in the process of integrating and re branding under the name of Janus Global Operations (JGO).
These events will enable JGO to offer a fully integrated solutions approach, allowing us to provide a much broader capability and a greater reach in order to meet our client’s needs in austere locations around the world including Libya & Egypt. To find out more about our increased capability please review our new web site at http://www.Janusgo.com
|Libya Reverb Project (LRP)|
The Libya Reverb Project (LRP) is an effort to understand the reverberations of current events in Libya among social media communities. To do this, LRP monitors the Facebook pages of prominent Arabic language media outlets that primarily report on Libyan news. LRP conducts thematic analysis of the most engaging posts in order to uncover emerging trends in the social media discourse. To receive the weekly reports, please subscribe here.
Read the Libya Reverb Project's special report No.20 on Media Sites on Facebook 29 April to 05 May.
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