Friday 15 December 2017
(Libya Herald 07/11/13)
The Interior Ministry, closed for a week after the premises were besieged by militiamen, was yesterday back under government control. The complex of buildings on Tripoli’s Airport Road was secured on Tuesday night. The ministerial committee in charge of implementing the GNC’s resolution to rid Tripoli of armed militias, headed by Electricity Minister Ali Mohammed Muhairiq, apparently reached an agreement with the militia. Armed men besieged the Ministry on 2 July and remained there for three days, barricading the entrance with sand. The demands of the militiamen were unclear, but some had said they would remain until the Libyan authorities dismantled the Supreme Security Committee (SSC). Regaining control of the Ministry came just one day after the release of three...
(Bloomberg 07/11/13)
OPEC crude oil production in June dropped by 370,000 barrels a day, or 1.2 percent, mainly because of worsening supply disruptions in Libya, Nigeria and Iraq, according to the International Energy Agency. The 12 members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries pumped 30.61 million barrels a day last month compared with 30.98 million barrels in May, the Paris-based IEA said today in its monthly oil-market report. That level still exceeds a target of 30 million that the group reaffirmed at its last meeting on May 31. “Mounting civil unrest by oil workers in Libya led to shut-ins of oil fields and export terminals while oil theft activity in Nigeria inflicted further damage to oil infrastructure,” the IEA said. “Iraq...
(Libya Herald 07/11/13)
The second Libya Forum – Oil, Gas and Sustainable Growth will take place on 16 – 18 September 2013, in Tripoli, Libya, with the official endorsement and full support of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), organisers CWC Group report. Nurri Berruien, Chairman of the NOC confirmed to the organisers that senior figures from the NOC will be participating in the Forum both as speakers and session chairs. “NOC Libya looks forward to meeting with international oil and gas industry representatives as well as existing and potential investors during this important gathering”, the NOC head said. The Forum is quickly being recognised by the industry as a premier meeting for top level Ministry and NOC representatives, high ranking officials from international...
(Voice of America 07/11/13)
LONDON — Malta has been forced to cancel the forced return of dozens of Somali migrants to Libya, after an emergency ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The EU has criticized the attempted repatriation, but Malta has accused its European partners of a lack of solidarity. It comes after the Pope visited an Italian island earlier this week that's received thousands of migrants. Tired, hungry and dehydrated, 68 migrants who'd set sail from Libya were rescued by Maltese patrol boats Wednesday 50 kilometers off the coastline, after their vessel lost power. It's the second migrant boat to arrive in as many days. Maltese authorities had intended to send two planes back to Libya carrying 45 Somali migrants who...
(Ventures-Africa 07/11/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – African business leader and philanthropist Tony O. Elumelu joins President Goodluck Jonathan as part of a high powered delegation accompanying the Nigerian leader on a state visit to China from 11 to 12 July 2013. The visit, which will include a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, will have Mr Elumelu and other business leaders, including Folorunso Alakija, Femi Otedola and Oba Otudeko, representing Nigeria’s business interests, thus emphasising President Jonathan’s commitment to leveraging the private sector to drive both development and trade and investment links between China and Africa. Speaking at the investment forum, which attracted over 700 potential investors, their Nigerian counterparts and several governors as well as the Ministers for Trade and Investment, Aviation...
(Libya Herald 07/10/13)
Speaking at Sunday’s press conference, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said that the government needs more money quickly in order to be able meet its committments. The government, he said, had numerous commitments including those of political dissedents under the Qaddafi regime, the towns destroyed during the Revolution, the internally and externally displaced, the training and arming of the army, the security of Libya’s southern borders, rape victums, the councils, sewage works etc. With regards to rearming the army, we need to purchase new advanced weapons from abroad because the army’s old weapons were either destroyed or pilfered by Libyans, said Zeidan. To this end, the Prime Minister said that he hoped that the GNC would provide more finance quickly or...
(Libya Herald 07/10/13)
“O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint…Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting…” (The Holy Quran, Chapter 2, verses 183 and 185). Ramadan, the ninth and most holy month of the Islamic Lunar calendar, begins with the sighting of the crescent moon. The importance of this month and the need to determine the precise time of its onset led to considerable advances in the fields of...
(BBC News Africa 07/10/13)
Malta has cancelled flights it had booked to return migrants to Libya, after an emergency intervention by the European Court of Human Rights. The government had planned to send back people who had arrived by boat, but said it would abide by the ECHR order. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said more than 400 migrants had arrived in the past week. Malta last week called for assistance from the European Union to help cope with the influx. Some 291 people were rescued from a single drifting boat last week. It is thought they had departed from Libya but many of them came originally from Eritrea. Another 68 people were brought in by Maltese patrol boats on Wednesday. Mr Muscat said the...
(Libya Herald 07/10/13)
The UK will host 2,000 Libyan personnel on ten-week training courses later this year, to boost the professionalism of the military. The soldiers will be trained in basic infantry skills and leadership at a British Army location in Cambridgeshire, some 80 kilometres outside London. Personnel who have passed the appropriate medical and physical tests will be sent to England in small groups once the courses begin. The training is designed to “help professionalise “the Libyan Army, “and help them achieve peace and stability across their country,” according to the UK government. Although the venue has now been decided, UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that detailed planning for the training was ongoing. The courses are being run at the behest...
(Voice of America 07/10/13)
Only seven of the 53 African Union countries who pledged to commit at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture in 2003 have reached that goal. Aid organizations say that investment in agriculture is key to breaking the cycle of food insecurity and crisis in West Africa. As the declaration approaches its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, the aid groups are calling on AU countries to renew their commitment to the Maputo Declaration. In 2003, 53 African heads of state agreed to allocate at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture and livestock by July 2008. Ten years later, only seven countries - Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Malawi and Ethiopia -...
(The Washington Times 07/10/13)
Thirty-eight years ago, a largely forgotten Belgian ambassador serving in Libya sent a secret cable from Tripoli to his home office in Brussels. Now declassified, the contents of the cable, “Libyan Arms from the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia,” offered one diplomat’s baldly undiplomatic take on a theme common at the time among analysts trying to assess the activities of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi: What was the colonel up to as he placed order after order for more weapons? This cable was discovered by Damien Spleeters, an independent journalist, in Belgium’s government archives. It does more than offer new insights into Libya’s arms-procurement record. It presents the naked cynicism of the very suppliers of part of Colonel Qaddafi’s lethal bounty. And it...
(Libya Herald 07/10/13)
A Libyan women’s rights organisation is mounting a powerful media campaign against domestic violence, street harassment and public denigration of women. The Noor (“Light”) campaign is setting up billboards on streets in some 20 cities across Libya to raise awareness about street harassment. TV and radio adverts are also used as part of the efforts. “We hope that this campaign will help change the current situation,” project manager, Nadia El-Fallah told the Libya Herald. “We want to give confidence to all women with vision to play a part in the building of the new Libya,” she added. The Voice of Libyan Women (VLW) launched its Noor initiative following research on women’s perceptions about security conducted in eight different Libyan cities...
(BBC News Africa 07/09/13)
The British army will train up to 2,000 Libyan troops in the UK, the foreign secretary has announced. William Hague said the Libyan troops would be brought to the UK in small groups later this year. They will be given 10-week courses in basic infantry skills and leadership at Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire. The training of Libyan forces is part of a broader international effort to support Libya's democratic transition. At last month's G8 summit in Northern Ireland, the prime minister announced that more than 7,000 members of the Libyan armed forces would be trained by some G8 nations. David Cameron said European nations had offered to train troops in order to help Libya's Prime Minister disarm and integrate the...
(The Daily Star 07/09/13)
Libya's major Sharara oilfield will resume operations after an agreement was reached with the armed group that had shut it down last month, a senior Libyan oil source said on Monday. The field, which can pump around 350,000 barrels per day, was shut as an armed group objected to the naming of another group of guards to help supervise security at the facility, sources familiar with the matter said last week. The sources said the group that was originally part of the force guarding Sharara had forced the shutdown. "Negotiations were held yesterday and today it was confirmed that the Sharara oilfield will resume operations," the source told Reuters. "Instructions were given to NOC management and Akakus company to go...
(Libya Herald 07/09/13)
At yesterday’s Prime Minister’s press conference, Ali Zeidan stressed that Libyans should not underestimate the important value of the legitimacy of the GNC and advised Libyans not to let go of it, having waited since the outbreak of the 2011 February 17th Revolution to elect it. The Prime Minister was speaking on the anniversary of Libya’s 7th July 2012 elections – the first post Qaddafi era election in the new so-called “Free Libya”. Zeidan was reacting to various public criticisms of the GNC and threats to dissolve it by discontented sectors of the public. These calls come after the Egyptian military coup that overthrew the legitimately elected Muslim Brotherhood Morsi regime. It also follows alleged threats by certain Libyan militias...
(Bloomberg 07/09/13)
Libya’s largest oil export terminal, Es Sider, and another nearby, are back in operation today after a pay deal was accepted by security staff, the country’s Petroleum Facilities Guard said. The Es Sider terminal and Ras Lanuf port, which serves an export refinery with the same name, were shut on July 5 after security staff went on strike to demand better pay and conditions. “It’s final, the disputes have been resolved, they are back at work today,” Walid Mohammed, public relations director of the Defence Ministry’s oil security force, the Petroleum Facilities Guard, said in an interview at the PFG headquarters in Tripoli. Repeated closures by staff and the armed militia who protect such facilities has led to fluctuations in...
(Global post 07/09/13)
Hundreds of migrants were intercepted by Italian, Libyan and Maltese border guards on Tuesday on several boats leaving from Libya, a day after Pope Francis called for more solidarity with the refugees. Italy's coast guard said in a statement it had scrambled cargo vessels that were in the area to help out during the nighttime operation to rescue 303 migrants on three boats that were in difficulty. The Italian navy said it had also rescued a fourth vessel that had found itself in a "critical" situation, with around 40 people on board. There were reports of more boats landing on Lampedusa, the Italian island visited by the pope on Monday, which is closer to Africa than to the rest of...
(Libya Herald 07/09/13)
The revolution is not “a gold mine nor an opportunity to redistribute wealth but rather a chance for the equality of rights and duties to rebuild the state and the nation” said new General National Congress president Nuri Abu Sahmain in his first major speech. He maintained, in a broadcast on state TV Al-Watanya, that Libya country stood on the brink of maturity with the GNC elected exactly a year ago and a new constitution in the making.” However he said that the Congress would not forget the role of the revolutionaries in liberating the country and securing its borders. They would always be co-founders of legitimacy. He promised that the Congress will work to integrate the revolutionaries. “ By...
(Ghana Business News 07/09/13)
African airlines enjoyed nearly a 10% rise in traffic in May 2013 as global passenger growth trend continues, according to an industry report. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says African airlines’ traffic climbed 9.8% in May which was the second highest among the regions. The report notes that African carriers are benefiting from a sustained increase in trade through developing links to Asia and the Middle East, as well as strong GDP growth in local economies, particularly in Western Africa. “Capacity rose 7.4% in May, raising load factor 1.4 percentage points to 66.2%,” said IATA’s passenger traffic report. In terms of air freight, African carriers grew just 0.2% in May, but growth trend, according to the airline association, was...
(BBC News Africa 07/08/13)
People in northern Africa are conflicted over what to make of recent events and the turmoil gripping the Arab world's powerhouse - Egypt. Over in Libya, for the past year-and-a half, I have watched a young population go from being relatively polite about the Muslim Brotherhood to being emphatically hostile in their rhetoric against them. Libyans who did not vote for the Islamists have grown equally suspicious of their intentions in the long-term: They welcomed the toppling of President Mohammed Morsi. I have heard many Libyans claim they need a "second revolution" in the past year. But when Libyans talk like this, you cannot help but wonder who they will revolt against - they do not have a central figure...

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