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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.

LBBC Business Risk Advisor

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.

GardaWorld

GardaWorld .Xplored Risk Analysis and Reporting:

GardaWorld risk reports for Libya are produced in country and contain the very latest ground-truth information that analyses the current security situation, political, regulatory and cultural challenges. Reports are designed for people with operational reporting requirements and can support staff deployment and movement plans with their up-to-date review of current threat levels or risk in Libya.
 
For inquiries regarding bespoke reporting please contact our Regional Director for Libya: nigel.lea@garda.com or visit www.garda.com/gw

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Read the Libya .Xplored latest Libya Report [13 October] here

Prepared by Risk Analysis Team, Libya

Unity Resources Group

Unity is a leading provider of effective solutions to business, governments and organisations pursuing success in challenging and high risk environments. Our Libya operations and extensive network of reliable local sources provide invaluable insights to clients on successfully navigating challenges in their areas of operations within Libya. Our experienced country management team are able to support clients to enter the country, set up and secure their operations and provide on-going consultation services, so they can focus on their core business and achieve organisational success.

The Unity Country Manager and team in Tripoli are vastly experienced, the CM has over 16 years of operational experience in Libya, our team has a vast understanding of operating environment and key contacts throughout the country. As always Unity intend to work closely with our clients to fulfil their aims in a safe manner given the restricted environment. The assets security resources and policies are aligned to meet the Libyan environment, our aim is also to train and deploy Libyan operators wherever possible. 
www.unityresourcesgroup.com

To discuss our services in more detail, please contact: David Bird - dbird@unityresourcesgroup.com or 
 

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Read Unity Resources Group's Latest Report - Libya Monitor - to 30 September 2017 here

The Inkerman Group

The Inkerman Group is a specialist risk and intelligence company that delivers tools, techniques and methodologies to counter or mitigate threats to organisations and businesses. The Inkerman Group’s expertise covers all aspects of risk, intelligence, travel safety, protection and security, and works with clients, companies and organisations throughout the world to identify the specific risks, threats and vulnerabilities they face. The Inkerman Group has been producing its present range of insightful Libya intelligence publications since the current period of instability began. These are supported by a 24/7 Operations capability, which can include the deployment of operatives for executive protection, review of sites and, if necessary, extraction of foreign nationals in the worst-case scenarios. The Inkerman Group is also positioned to generate bespoke reports for clients operating in or doing business with Libya, drawing on a vast range of accrued expertise, local sources, and operational experience to deliver according to clients’ exact requirements.

To discuss any of these services, please contact Luke Wells at luke.wells@inkerman.com or Alice Boyes at alice.boyes@inkerman.com. Alternatively, please telephone The Inkerman Group on +44 (0) 1233 646940.




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Read the Libya Daily Report to 27 March 2017 here

JANUS GLOBAL OPERATIONS


JANUS GLOBAL OPERATIONS 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. 

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Janus Global Operations -  Libya Security Summary - 17 October 2017

This week on the political front the UN chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, became the first UN rights chief to make an official visit to Libya when he made a surprise visit to the capital this week, where he met with Libyan officials including Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj and the justice and interior ministers to address abuses that have become prevalent in the country. The UN human rights chief warned that serious violations were “endemic” in many detention centres in Libya but revealed he was “optimistic” that there was room for improvement. Hussein warned that “the human rights situation in Libya continues to be marked by widespread abuses and violations perpetrated by all sides to the conflict with complete impunity”.

The Libyan National Army (LNA) chief General Khalifa Haftar considered that the ongoing dialogue in Tunis is the only solution for the Libyan problems and in case the dialogue fails to find political solutions then doors will be wide-open for the Libyan people to determine their fate. However, he went on further to contradict this statement by saying that there were no indications that the ongoing UN-sponsored dialogue could be the solution to the current political crisis in the country, “The army and all security services will answer to the wishes of the people,” he added.

In the west, and after 15 days of intensive fighting in the coastal city of Sabratah, eastern LNA commander Khalifa Haftar, announced taking control of the city, having pushed the main rival Brigade 48, which is also part of the Presidential Council forces, away from the city’s borders. Haftar hailed the advance and said to the press that his forces are fighting the human trafficking gangs and terrorists in Sabratah. It was later reported that the Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Head of the Presidential Council (PC), Fayez Al-Seraj, had visited the coastal city of Sabratah to hail the control of Al-Wadi Operations Room and the Salafist, Khalifa Haftar-loyalist Anti-IS Operations Room’s control of the city. Further unconfirmed reports indicate that the LNA is preparing to launch a large-scale military operation aimed at controlling the city of Zawiya, some 45 km west of Tripoli.  Military reinforcements arrived in the outskirts of Zawiya city, with the maximum readiness of the army units, especially in the areas of Bir al-Ghanam and Garyat Naser in the southern outskirts of the city. Army commander, Gen. Khalifa Haftar earlier announced plans to take over Zawiya city, saying that the army had taken control of parts of the western region stretching from Zwara on the border with Tunisia to the city of Zawiya. Rada Deterrence forces clashed and shelled gunmen after a detained civilian was killed during raids in Souq al-Jumaa, al-Ghararat, southeast of Tripoli on Sunday evening. Mitiga Airport closed in response to the clashes, however, reopened late afternoon on Monday. Further clashes broke out early Tuesday morning and the airport was again closed. 

Meanwhile in the east, the situation within Benghazi has remained relevantly quiet throughout the reporting week. LNA EOD operators continue to clear UXO within contaminated areas of the city and it was reported that 141st Brigade EOD had cleared and seized three landmines during a clearance operation along the coast of Brega. An order was made by the LNA Commander Khalifa Haftar that the port of Tobruk was to be closed to international shipping. However, oil shipments to the Hariga terminal were still allowed to operate. All other shipments would be diverted to the port in Benghazi due to concerns of smuggling. 

In the south, and due to locally generated complaints that army and police are not being deployed to halt the deteriorating security situation in Sabha, led to an agreement being made on Sunday, to form a joint operations room in the town. As well as police, army and intelligence services, the new organisation will have representatives from the municipality, civil society bodies and municipal and military police. In attendance at the meeting included military governor of the Southern Region, Ramadan Barasi and Sabha Security Director, Colonel Younis Abdulrahman. Barasi said local citizens should support the security forces by reporting suspicious activity. He went on further to say that townspeople and local tribes could play an important role by collecting local weapons, some of them of large calibre, which were contributing to the instability. He also said that the LNA had not been present in the area in sufficient numbers and he called on the Beida government to come and see for itself the state of security in Fezzan.

 Janus Global Operations 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 +218 911713972 or +971 508764175 or visit our website www.janusgo.com 




MS Risk

MS Risk supports clients in a variety of business sectors with research, investigative activity, crisis response, project management and consulting services.  MS Risk enjoys strong links working in partnership with and supporting law enforcement and military agencies.  It has completed projects for clients around the world and in sectors such as natural resources, maritime, supply chain, financial services, media, hospitality, construction engineering and for the legal profession.  www.msrisk.com

To discuss our services, please contact info@msrisk.com or +44 207 754 3555

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Read MS Risk's latest report Outlook- Libyan Port Security here - 16 October 2016

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