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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

Links:

Read the Libya .Xplored latest Libya Report [18 August] 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 
 

Links:

Read Unity Resources Group Report - Libya Monitor July 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.




Links:

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 - 15 August 2017

The Italian newspaper ‘’Corriere della SeraIn’’ conducted an interview with the Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar this reporting week, the topic being to block the southern border to stem the flow of migrants into Libya. However, Haftar stated that ‘’I have the elements, but I lack the resources." He went on to say that such an exercise would cost in the region of $20 billion and would take 20-25 years to achieve. Haftar said the migrant problem cannot be solved on the Libyan coast, adding that if Libya stops the flow of migrants to Europe then Libya has to keep them. That, he said, is not possible. He thinks shoring up the 4,000-kilometre-long southern border is the best way to block the flow of sub-Saharan migrants. He said he wants to establish mobile camps spanning the southern border, each a maximum of 100 kilometres apart and each manned by 150 border guards.

The new UN envoy Ghassan Salamé has said that it would be unrealistic to ignore Khalifa Haftar when discussing Libya’s future. Speaking in Rome today, Salamé also pointed out that Haftar was appointed by the House of Representatives. However, Salamé said that while Haftar clearly enjoyed a solid following he did not have the right to decide who should play a political role in Libya’s future, even if the Libyan National Army chief had his own political and military ambitions.

In the capital this week, the first batch of Presidential Guard Cadets passed out in a parade in front of the Presidency Council (PC) head Fayez Seraj. Recruitment was announced last May, however, in December it was still not underway. The Brigadier General Najmi Ramadan Khair Al-Nakua stated that the recruitment process would give priority to recruits with combat experience. Nakua said that the creation of the Guard marked an important turning point for the achievement of security, stability and the rule of law. This graduation class was, he said, a first block in the new Libyan armed forces. Whilst power outages continue to plague the capital on a day to day basis, power outages continue to last in the region of up to 12 hours per outage. Reports came in on Monday that former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan had been abducted by members of the pro-government Tripoli Revolutionaries’ Brigade (TRB), which, according to the unconfirmed information, was acting under the warrant of Attorney General Sadiq Sour. Further information stated that there had been no reaction from the Presidential Council (PC), presiding over Libya's Government of National Accord and serving as head of the state, so far. It was reported by RADA that around a thousand loaded 9mm pistol clips had been discovered at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport concealed in a cargo of clothing sent from Turkey. Rada claimed that suspects connected with the cargo were being investigated but did not say if any arrests have yet been made.

Meanwhile in the East, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar commander of the Libyan National Army(LNA), the armed forces, arrived in Moscow for talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov scheduled on Monday. The head of the Russian contact group Lev Dengov had said earlier in the day that Haftar's plane had been delayed but late Saturday announced that he had arrived and checked in to a hotel. Dengov had said previously that Russia wanted to renew contracts it had with the Gaddafi regime for infrastructure and energy developments. The talks on Monday are likely to have been to discuss the declaration made between Haftar and GNA Presidency Council(PC) head Fayez Seraj back in Paris. 

The Libyan National Army (LNA) have continued their siege on Derna. There are continuing calls to lift or relax the siege.  The self-appointed, mujahedeen-controlled local Derna council again called for an end to it, demanding that the UN, Arab League, African Union and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation send basic supplies via the town’s port. However, the LNA continued to launch airstrikes on Derna this week. On Wednesday an airstrike was launched, targeting a munitions depot belonging to Derna Mujahedeen Shoura Council (DMSC). The airstrikes destroyed the depot close to the western entrance of the besieged town and it is alleged that at least three mujahedeen fighters were killed. 

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

Links:

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

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