By Libya Herald reporter.
Malta, 13 March 2015:
At Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Abdullah Thinni’s government looked at a number of bottlenecks . . .[restrict]that have been affecting the performance of the government.
The meeting held in the eastern city of Al-Beida included the Deputy Prime Ministers as well as the heads of the Audit Bureau and the Administrative Control Authority.
The presence of the head of the Audit Bureau was particularly pertinent as Prime Minister Thinni had called on the oversight body last Sunday to ‘’ease’’ its restrictions on government transactions ‘’in view of the exceptional circumstances’’ the country was going through.
There has been an ongoing spat between various governments going back to the Zeidan government with the Audit Bureau as the government struggles to act effectively and the Audit Bureau continues to impose the Qaddafi-era restrictions on the statute books.
At Thursday’s meeting, progress on the re-opening of Kharuba airport was reviewed.
In December, it will be recalled, the Thinni government had announced it was to reopen and expand the old airfield and at Thursday’s meeting the need to reopen the airport in the short term was highlighted.
The Kharuba airfield was built during World War II and renovated 20 years ago, but was quickly neglected.
According to specialists, the airport is about 50% ready to start operations. Plans are in progress to update the structure and equipment in order to enable the airport to receive domestic and international flights in the near future.
It is hoped that the additional airport will relieve Labraq of some of its traffic. [/restrict]