By Sami Zaptia.
London, 1 May 2018:
The organizers of the International Conference and Exhibition for Benghazi City have released their line up and two-day schedule for their event on rebuilding and reconstructing Benghazi.
The event will now start on 6 May and has been curtailed from the initially planned 6-days to just two days, ending on 7 May. It will be held at the Tibesti hotel. The organizers say that there will be 48 speakers, but only 35 papers are listed in the published schedule.
The topics covered according to the published schedule include topics on: sustainability, economic vision, social impact of war, damage assessment, city planning, transport assessment, legal structure, the role of investment funds, customs policy, airport systems, economic incentivisation, education, training, the Marshal Plan, comprehensive design, the role of strategy, urban heritage, tourism, and the role of a central vision.
The conference is sponsored by the House of Representatives, the (eastern-based) Central Bank of Libya, the Municipality of Benghazi, the Benghazi Chamber of Commerce and the University of Benghazi.
Organizers said that the event will help develop a vision and plan for rebuilding Benghazi. This will be a joint effort through local authorities, businesses, social communities as well as experts and consultants in building and development.
The goals and objectives of the event are to set up a technical, economic and legal vision and plan for rebuilding the city through local and international organizations. Updating and developing existing Libyan laws and regulations to encourage the rebuilding and reconstruction of the city’s projects and infrastructure are also one of the objectives of the event.
Organizers also hope that the event will also seek to encourage partnerships between local authorities in Libya and foreign investors.
The event will follow four main themes: The legislative side and its role in the rebuilding process; the consulting, implementation and services role; the role of the economy and investment in encouraging reconstruction; and the role of social and human resources in development and rehabilitation.
It will be recalled that in November 2017, HoR head Ageela Saleh issued a decree setting up a Benghazi reconstruction authority.