Tripoli, 27 March 2013:
The Italian Ambassador in Tripoli, Giuseppe Buccino Grimaldi, has appointed a consular correspondent in Misrata.
Hafed Makhlouf, a Libyan . . .[restrict]national and a former student at the Navy Academy at Livorno in Italy, is tasked with assisting the growing number of Italian nationals working in Misrata and in facilitating investment opportunities for Italian businessmen in the city.
The move is seen as a likely precursor to opening a full-time consulate in Misrata as well as recognition of the city’s fast developing economic importance. Turkey and Malta are in the process of opening Consulate in the city and have already appointed consuls there.
“The appointment of Mr Makhlouf” said an Italian Embassy statement “confirms the strong and solid cooperation with the city of Misrata in a wide range of sectors: infrastructure building, the development of the free zone, the growth of the maritime sector and business opportunities for Italian small and medium enterprises wishing to invest in Libya.
“Mr Makhlouf will be empowered with consular tasks in the coming weeks and will be a precious and solid point of reference for Italian and Libyan stakeholders in the city of Misrata.” [/restrict]