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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 November 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 - 29 November 2016

This week on the political front has seen the head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Seraj, meet with the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) and order them to give the Government 300 Million Libyan Dinar to relieve some tension off Libya’s struggling economy. The Libyan Government’s order outlines that the money is to be taken from emergency funds and is to be utilised to cover the cost of imported food and basic necessities to support the Libyan market. 

The United Nations (UN) envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, met with members of the Libyan Dialogue Committee this week to discuss the way forward with the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement. Later it was reported that Martin Kobler had tweeted that ‘’he had met with the chairman of the state council and discussed how the UN and the International Community could support the Libyan people’’. 

Five Ambassadors from the European Union were accredited by the Government of National Accords (GNA) Prime Minister Fayez Seraj at the Red Castle (Saraya Al – Hamra). The Ambassadors were from the UK, France, Germany, and the Netherlands – Bettina Muscheidt, Peter Millett, Brigitte Curmi, Christian Buck and Eric Strating successively. Two weeks ago, saw a similar event when the GNA received credentials of Yemeni, Canadian and Austrian Ambassadors. The new Ambassadors said that they were here to pave the way forward for the imminent opening of their respective Embassy in Tripoli. 

In the east, this week, the fight for the liberation of Sirte has continued. It has now been six months since the forces of Al Bunyan Marsous (BAM) began the offensive against Daesh in the areas around Sirte and now within Sirte itself. Few remnants of Daesh remain in the city and are holed up in the Marine Giza district. Fighting stepped up and it was reported that over thirty Daesh fighters had been killed, some wearing suicide vests, in a period of forty-eight hours. United States AFRICOM said in a statement ‘’The US stands with the International Community and the GNA as it strives to restore stability in Libya’’. 

Activists within the capital have been demonstrating in Tripoli’s Algeria Square over deteriorating living conditions, inflation and the lack of money. Leaflets were handed out to passers by calling on them to start an indefinite campaign of civil disturbance, including strikes. 

Four bodies of the same family were found in the coastal are of Al Khoms. 120km west of Tripoli, on Saturday. Unconfirmed reports stated that a Daesh cell may have been responsible for the killings, however other unconfirmed reports indicate that a family member had carried out the attack on his return from fighting with the Al Bunyan Marsous Forces in Sirte, the thought being that he had turned extremist during the experiences he had fighting on the front line. 

Whilst in the west this week has seen Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the Commander of the Libyan Armed Forces, travel to Moscow were he had talks with regards to support and training with Russia’s Defence Minister, Sergey Shoigu and the Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. In an interview, last week on a French news channel, Field Marshal Haftar called upon the International community to end the arms embargo saying it was holding back Libya in the fight against the so called Islamic State. 

Sabha in the southern area of Libya has been plunged into violent clashes between Awlad Suleiman and Qadhadhfa tribes since last Thursday, leading to a number of deaths and injuries due to the haphazard shelling inside residential areas. Social efforts by a committee of southern notables and elders managed to bring the two warring tribes together on Tuesday in signing a ceasefire for three days, starting 11.00 hrs on Wednesday. However renewed clashes were reported to have broken out once again, between the Suleiman and Qadhadhfa tribes on Thursday.  

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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