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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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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 Report -Libya Monitor December 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 - 24 January 2017

This week’s politics saw the 10th Ministerial Meeting of Neighbouring Countries of Libya with participation of African Union, Arab League and UN representatives held in the Egyptian capital Cairo.  The delegates issued a joint communique stressing the need to support the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord in resolving conflicts and strengthening Libya’s institutions based on previous agreements, with respect for Libya’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, while rejecting any foreign military intervention that violates Libya’s sovereignty or adopted agreements and resolutions. 

Plans to begin negotiations were announced by Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry for direct talks between the leaders of rival Libyan authorities could soon be underway, after regional attempts to bring the warring factions together began on Saturday. Field Marshall Hafter’s agreement to meet with PM Sarraj is a good sign, according to the FM. Yet, he believes that it is important for the meeting to be held without discretion and wishes the parties would be ready to move into a better phase that serves the Libyan people and maintain its unity and stability.

The head of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) deployed in the ports, said the oil and gas network in the whole of the eastern region, from Libya's eastern and southern borders with Egypt, Sudan and Chad, to the central region of Sirte, was now secured. Officials at major ports in the eastern Oil Crescent say they are hoping foreign workers will soon return as they struggle to build on output gains with meagre resources. The lifting of a long blockade at the ports helped Libya's oil output to more than double to over 600,000 barrels per day (bpd). Last month, another blockade was ended at a pipeline in western Libya, pushing production to more than 700,000 bpd.

In Tripoli, Italy’s foreign minister reported that all staff are safe at the recently opened embassy after a car bomb detonated late on Saturday night in the vicinity of the Italian and Egyptian embassies. Two unidentified bodies were recovered from inside of the burnt vehicle. This is the first attack of its kind since last September. 

Armed clashes took place over the weekend in the area of airport road which saw heavy artillery and vehicle mobilised in the area. In Khoms, a Military council member was shot and killed in a village in close proximity to the power station. This led to further clashes during the week which resulted in a house burnt and vehicles damaged.

Sirte has remained quiet as displaced families start to return to their homes under the guidance of the security forces. Meanwhile on Wednesday, approximately 45 kilometres southwest of the city, a US aerial attack by B2 Stealth bombers dropped around 100 bombs on Daesh training camps killing at least 80 militants who were actively plotting operations in Europe. The Pentagon emphasised that the strike was conducted in full coordination with the GNA. 

In the east, the Libyan National Army (LNA) troops captured the south-western district of Bosnaib from fighters loyal to Islamic State following a two-day assault backed by heavy weaponry and air strikes. A medical official said 25 LNA troops were killed and 45 wounded in the latest fighting. This area is one of the last pockets of resistance held by Islamist-dominated opponents in Benghazi.  A car bomb detonated in Benghazi killing one person and wounding 13, including former interior minister Ashour Shuwail. The powerful explosion outside a mosque in Benghazi's central Al-Majouri district after Friday prayers wrecked a number of cars and charred nearby buildings. The south of the city saw little change from previous reporting as LNA jets targeted militant positions in Qafundah and Sabri on Friday.  The following day, forces shelled insurgents in the same area of south Benghazi as LNA forces and Shura Council militants clashed. Derna saw a resurgence in incidents as aircraft belonging to the Libyan National Army (LNA) once again attacked late Tuesday. Several sites belonging to the powerful local Abu Sleem brigade are said to have been hit, mainly weapons depots. The previous day one boat that was reportedly attempting to deliver supplies to Derna was hit outside the port by a navy craft manned by the LNA.

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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