By Nigel Ash.
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan speaking to investors in London this . . .[restrict]morning (photo: Nigel Ash, Libya Herald)
London, 17 September 2013:
Libya faces terrorists who do not want the country to improve, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan told a London investment conference this morning, before going on to meet British premier David Cameron.
“This terrorism has come from other countries” said Zeidan, “and now it is trying to find a stronghold in Libya.” He appealed for international help to rebuild the army and the police force. He added, “I say frankly that if the international community does not help us collect arms and ammunition, then the return of security is going to take a long time. The government can only do so much”.
Nevertheless Zeidan was upbeat about security. He told an audience of Libyan and British businessmen at the FDI Libya conference in London, that the security situation was improving slowly, day by day.
He said the country needed outside investment and pointed out that foreign investors already working in Libya were doing well. He said that business had not been targeted.
“We are preparing a new investment policy ” said Zeidan, “ that will have a clear vision that will simplify the roles of all partners, be they local or international”
The country was undergoing far-reaching re-structuring, which embraced ministries and government institutions, as well as the Libyan Investment Authority and the oil sector. The financial system was being rebuilt and the legal system needed attention, said Zeidan.
“The judiciary need to be backed up by a security system that makes sure that its decisions are enforced”, he said.
Zeidan, who attended the conference with other members of his government, including minister of planning, Almehdi Agnaia, culture minister Elhabib Alamin, deputy oil minister, Omar Shakmak and deputy industry minister Abubakir Algawi, went on to meet Prime Minister David Cameron. [/restrict]