Wednesday 22 November 2017
(The Libya Observer 09/06/17)
Head of Presidential Council, Fayez Sirraj, Head of Public Services Company and the deans of the greater Tripoli municipalities have held a meeting to discuss ways of overcoming the garbage crisis in the capital. During the meeting, Sirraj promised to provide all possible support to the Public Services Company in order to solve the problem of the accumulation of trash in the streets of the capital, stressing the importance of communication and coordination with the Ministry of Local Government and other concerned authorities to in find practical solutions to the problem of garbage. Safa Alharathy
(The Libya Observer 09/05/17)
The Libyan Foreign Minister of the UN-proposed government, Mohammed Sayala, held a joint conference with his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, on Monday in Tripoli. The French FM reiterated his country's support for finding a peaceful solution by contacting with all the Libyan conflicting parties. "France is one of the first countries to urge for stability in Libya and that was included in the Paris joint declaration that said the Libyan crisis must end by amending the political agreement and then holding elections in the country." He added. Also in Tripoli, Le Drian met with the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, who discussed practical support for the Libyan Coast Guard and Presidential Guard. Le Drian indicated also that...
(AfricaNews 09/05/17)
Libyan Presidency Council head Fayez Serraj and Libyan National Army (LNA) leader Khalifa Hafter will attend the latest African Union (AU) mini-summit on the Libyan crisis, which takes place in the Congolese capital Brazzaville on Friday. According to the Libyan news agency LANA, House of Representatives (HoR) president Ageela Saleh, State Council President Abdulrahman Sewehli and the head of the HoR dialogue committee, Abdulsalam Nassiyah will also attend. The mini-summit is being organised by the African Union High Level Committee on Libya, headed by Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso. The committee comprises Niger, Mauritania, South Africa and Ethiopia. Neighbouring states, including Chad, Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria have also been invited to the Summit. It follows the AU summit in...
(The Libya Observer 09/05/17)
A video has shown the black flag of ISIS atop a military vehicle of Dignity Operation in central Libya. ISIS fugitives in Libya are receiving national and international support, Chief of Military Intelligence of Al-Bonyan Al-Masrous Operation, Brig. Gen Mohammed Ganaidi, has revealed, adding that the military vehicles that the radical group is using around Sirte now had been imported from a Gulf state. Speaking to Alnabaa TV on Monday, Ganaidi said Dignity Operation had imported military vehicles from the United Arab Emirates, but they ended up in the hands of ISIS extremists. “ISIS fugitives used these vehicles at checkpoints 20 and 90 east of Sirte,” he said. Ganaidi estimated that there are about 300 ISIS militants moving freely in...
(The Telegraph 09/05/17)
A humanitarian organisation that has saved the lives of 40,000 migrants in the Mediterranean has suspended its operations, citing security concerns and “increasing instability” off the coast of Libya. The Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station, which was founded by a pair of philanthropists, said it wanted nothing to do with Libya’s interception of migrant boats leaving its coast. It will instead redeploy its flagship, the Phoenix, to South-east Asia to help Rohingya refugees who are fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh. The Libyan coast guard, trained and financed by the EU, has in recent weeks been blocking migrant boats and pushing them back to the coast. Human rights groups say migrants, most of them sub-Saharan Africans, face appalling conditions in holding...
(Bloomberg 09/05/17)
A surge in agriculture has helped lift Africa’s biggest economies out of their slumps, but the recovery may be weak. Gross domestic product in Nigeria, the continent’s largest crude producer, advanced for the first time in six quarters in the three months ended June from a year earlier, growing 0.55 percent, the statistics agency said. In South Africa, GDP expanded 2.5 percent from the previous quarter, ending the second recession in almost a decade. Both economies had agriculture largely to thank: in South Africa, a bumper corn harvest following the worst drought in more than a century saw the sector surge 34 percent from the prior quarter, while in Nigeria, where farming vies with industries as the second-biggest contributor to...
(AFP (eng) 09/04/17)
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian held talks in Tripoli on Monday pledging his country's support for efforts to resolve Libya's political and security chaos. "This is a signal of the commitment of France, of President (Emmanuel) Macron's will, to contribute to resolving this crisis," Le Drian told reporters on a visit to the Libyan capital. Le Drian said the visit was a follow-up to a July 25 accord sealed in Paris between the two main rivals in Libya, its UN-backed Government of National Accord head Fayez al-Sarraj and military strongman Khalifa Haftar who backs a rival administration in the east of the country. "Our objective is the stabilisation of Libya in the interest of Libyans themselves but also in...
(Xinhuanet 09/04/17)
Libya's eastern-based army spokesman on Sunday said that Islamic State (IS) affiliates are attempting to move from the south to coastal areas in northern Libya. Spokesman Col. Ahmad Mismari posted on Facebook on Sunday"The terrorist group IS is attempting from time to time to move in small groups from the desert to coastal areas." "They (IS) have kidnapped some civilians from the area. Our patrol is following up their movements," he said. Mismari revealed that the movement comes in a time when the rival Benghazi Defense Brigades and the forces of the UN-backed government are mobilizing and stationing 20 km eastern Sirte city. The Libyan army led by Major General Khalifa Haftar has been engaged in a violent war for...
(Bloomberg 09/04/17)
The worst may be over for Africa’s two largest economies as they likely emerged from a slump in the second quarter. Official data on Tuesday will probably show South Africa’s economy expanded in the three months through June, ending its second recession in less than a decade. Nigeria’s gross domestic product probably grew from a year earlier, and came out of its worst slump in a quarter of a century. South Africa and Nigeria together account for almost half of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP and their recoveries may boost trade and production across the region. The reasons differ: while Nigeria, the continent’s biggest oil producer, is benefiting from a rebound in crude output, stronger retail sales may help drive growth in...
(Financial Times 08/31/17)
Libya’s crude production has fallen by more than 30 per cent after armed militants blockaded pipelines and closed oilfields, costing the conflict-ridden African producer $160m in lost revenues, the national oil company said on Wednesday. The largest Libyan oil field, Sharara, has been closed for more than ten days while another, El Feel, shut this week, after militias seized pipelines linking them to export terminals. Hamada has also been closed because of a pipeline blockade. This has taken production down by 360,000 barrels a day and forced the country to declare force majeure on the three fields. “These gangsters are not only harming the country but their own people,” said Mustafa Sanalla, chairman of the National Oil Corporation. “I call...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/31/17)
Italy denied on Wednesday that it supported a deal to pay armed groups implicated in human trafficking to prevent migrants crossing the Mediterranean. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Libya’s U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, as part of a deal backed by Italy, was paying militias and giving them equipment and boats to prevent migrant vessels setting off. “The foreign ministry firmly denies that there is an agreement between Libyan traffickers and the Italian government,” an official from the Italian ministry’s press office said. “The Italian government does not deal with traffickers”, the official added. A new force in the Libyan coastal town of Sabratha is preventing people leaving, often by locking them up, sources in the area have told...
(Bloomberg 08/31/17)
Libya’s oil production has dropped by 361,000 barrels a day, equal to 35 percent of output last month, taking some of the heat off of OPEC’s struggle to reduce a global glut. The North African country’s lost production is worth $160 million since Aug. 19 as “gangsters” took over pipelines and facilities that forced the shut down of the Sharara field, the nation’s biggest, and the Hamada and El Feel, or Elephant, deposits, according to state-run National Oil Corp. The drop puts output at about 660,000 barrels a day compared with the four-year high of 1.02 million barrels in July, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That would be the lowest level since April, the data show. “Our production was...
(The Libya Observer 08/31/17)
The Libyan ambassador at the UN, Al-Mahdi Al-Majrbi, called on the UN Security Council on Monday for assisting Libya to preserve its frozen assets overseas and save them from loss. Al-Majrbi indicated, in a UN Security Council meeting about Libya on Monday, that the UN-proposed government did not request the unfreezing of the assets, but rather finding a way that can preserve them as they are frozen overseas. “Libya’s assets are shrinking as the foreign banks decline to control them and as normal.” He explained, adding that foreign banks are burdening the Libyan assets with negative interests leading to continuous losses. 76 billion dollars are the Libyan frozen assets in overseas banks since March 2011, according to the UN report...
(Libya Herald 08/31/17)
Libya will not be able to overcome the challenges it currently faces unless it revives the economy and stimulates job creation said Presidency Council (PC) deputy Ahmed Maetig. He was speaking in Berlin yesterday to the German-Libyan Economic Forum. He emphasised the importance of developing small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the private sector and the need to reactivate infrastructure projects. These, he said, were crucial to rebuilding a functioning Libyan state. Maetig praised PC efforts to raise Libyan oil production to over a million barrels a day as well as last year’s liberation of Sirte from the so-called Islamic State by the Misratan-led Bunyan Marsous operation. Declaring that the forum marked the beginning of a new partnership with Germany, establishing...
(Xinhuanet 08/31/17)
Cooperation between China and Africa has seen remarkable progress in renewable energy, showing the determination of developing countries to harness the huge potential of clean energy and combat climate change. China-Africa Renewable Energy Cooperation and Innovation Alliance, a coalition of financing institutions, smart grid providers and core manufacturers, on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation with Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). "Africa has the highest potential for renewable energy, but the least access to it," said Seyni Nafo, chairman of AREI endorsed by the African Union Assembly. The MOU will enable the two parties to cooperate in renewable energy generation in Africa, with Chinese smart grid providers and core renewable energy manufacturers providing technological and financial support...
(AFP (eng) 08/30/17)
Libya's coastguard has rescued almost 550 migrants this week in four separate operations west of the capital Tripoli, navy spokesman General Ayoub Kacem said on Wednesday. Libya has been a springboard for illegal migration to Europe, especially Italy, since becoming engulfed in chaos following a 2011 revolution that toppled and killed its longtime ruler Colonel Moamer Kadhafi. Tens of thousands of migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe each year on overcrowded and flimsy boats run by unscrupulous people traffickers. Kacem said the latest rescue operations took place on Monday and Tuesday off the coasts of Sabratha and Sidi Bilal...
(AFP (eng) 08/30/17)
Oil production has been suspended for several days at three oil fields in Libya after an armed militia shut off pipelines, the state-owned National Oil Company said Wednesday. The output of oil, nearly one million barrels per day prior to the stoppage, had fallen by more than 360,000 bpd, NOC said in a statement. The armed group, described as "criminal" by the company, had in the past few days closed off two pipelines to the refinery and port at Zawya from the Al-Sharara and Al-Hamada oil fields. It had already blocked production on Saturday at the Al-Fil field, also located in the west of the country, said the statement from NOC. The militia seized the pipelines to protest against the...
(Xinhuanet 08/30/17)
Libyan coast guards over the past two days rescued nearly 700 migrants on their way to European shores, a spokesman said Tuesday. Spokesman Ayob Qasem said that the coast guards on Tuesday rescued two boats with 290 migrants on board, while 164 others were rescued off the coast of Sabratha in western Libya. Qasem also said that two boats with a total of 222 passengers were rescued on Monday, with the help of Italian navy. Thousands of migrants choose to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Libya towards Europe due to the state of chaos and insecurity in the country. Many drown on the way. The turmoil following the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in Libya led...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/17)
Libya’s coastguard rescued nearly 500 migrants on Tuesday at sea west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman said, underlining the challenge of trying to slow an exodus from Africa and the Middle East. The migrants included people from sub-Saharan countries, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. “Coastguards rescued early morning today 140 illegal migrants west of Tripoli and another group of 164 migrants were rescued off Sabratha including seven women and six children,” a spokesman for Libya’s naval forces told Reuters. Later another group of 150 were rescued off Tripoli. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have crossed the Libyan desert and taken to flimsy boats on the Mediterranean in the hope of reaching Europe in recent years. A plan was agreed in...
(Bloomberg 08/30/17)
One Thousand & One Voices LLC, a private-equity fund started by the great-grandson of the founder of Coors Brewing Co., said it bought a producer of sushi-quality trout that is the largest such facility in Africa. SanLei’s operations are on the Katse Dam in Lesotho, an enclave surrounded by South Africa, 1K1V, as the fund is known, said in an emailed statement Tuesday. The company didn’t disclose the value of the transaction. SanLei has secured a marketing and distribution agreement with CGC Japan Co., which has more than 4,000 stores and collective revenue of more than $40.5 billion, making it Japan’s largest joint-procurement supermarket chain, 1K1V said. The fund has been hunting for private-equity investments that tap Africa’s growing consumer...

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