By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 11 May 2013:
The Libyan British Business Council (LBBC) has postponed its business mission to Tripoli which was supposed . . .[restrict]to take place from 12-16 May.
The LBBC told Libya Herald that “the advice we received from all our Libyan official contacts was that now was not a good time for a business delegation to visit. We have therefore decided to postpone our mission until the political situation allows Libyan Ministers and officials time to attend to business visitors”.
The LBBC was keen to stress though, that it is the understandable desire by Ministers and officials to concentrate “on current political developments and no concern about security that has prompted our decision.”
The announcement today by LBBC to postpone follows a similar decision announced yesterday by the organisers of the FDI conference, which was planned to take place in London on 29-30 May, to postponed because of the current political crisis in Libya.
The organisers of the FDI event, said that they were asked by the Ministry of Economy to delay it to give them “time to handle their internal affairs”.
They released a statement from the Ministry saying:
“We commend your international efforts in preparing for a conducive and encouraging investment climate, to raise the level of both local and foreign investment.
“Due to the importance of this subject matter and that it falls under the remit of the Ministry of Economy, we have intended to attend this investment conference. However, due to the current temporary conditions, we ask that the conference is postponed for a later date so that we can complete all the required steps to participate at the Ministerial level. “
Apologising for the move, the organisers, Pace Group and Dar Al-Arab, say that the event will probably take place in September, but this is to be confirmed. [/restrict]