By Sami Zaptia.
London, 25 June 2021:
Speaking to members of the Libyan British Business Council (LBBC) during a members-only webinar today, Libyan Prime Minister Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba said he is introducing Libya ‘‘in a better image’’
Good resources and geolocation
Libya has many good resources and a good geolocation such as its beaches on the Mediterranean Sea giving it much potential and which it needs to exploit.
Need to send back all foreign mercenaries and troops to create a secure environment
The Libyan Prime Minister said Libya has been going through a difficult time over the last decade and that proxy wars have been conducted on Libyan land by others. He said Libya needs a ‘‘secure environment’’ to develop and all foreign mercenaries and troops must be ‘‘sent back’’.
Good time friends
Aldabaiba said Libya is seeking help and stressed that whoever helps Libya during its bad times Libya will stick with them in better times.
Multisector help needed
The Prime Minister said Libya needs help in almost all sectors, including the health, education, infrastructure, food, electricity, oil and renewables sectors.
On health he said Libya needs to restore its health sector by rebuilding basic hospital services and saving Libyans the ‘‘agony’’ of travelling abroad for treatment.
He also said Libya needs to restore ts electricity network. This week temperatures in Libya reached the high 40’s and power cuts in some areas reached 10 hours.
Aldabaiba also said Libya needs to its oil production and restore its oilfields so it can further increase its oil production. Referring to the country’s geographical location and sunshine hours, Aldabaiba said Libya also needs to develop its renewables sector.
He said Libya even needs to develop its food sector as according to the UN 1.2 million need help with food.
Conceding that it is still underdeveloped, the Libyan prime minister said his government was going to the private sector the opportunity to develop by opening the road for them.
Direct flights to UK and Europe
Aldabaiba lamented the fact that there are no direct flights to Libya from the UK and Europe which he acknowledged were vital for development. He welcomed any LBBC company who can help facilitate or speed up the process of their restart.
On education he said the UK was the main destination of Libya’s scholarship students and Libya sough to send more students to the UK but that UK visas were an issue.
An invitation to visit Libya
In conclusion, the Libyan Prime Minister said this was the perfect time to come to Libya to realize what Libya needs and what LBBC member companies can offer. He invited the LBBC to Tripoli as a delegation or to a trade fair – to participate in all these business opportunities.
It will be recalled that the Libyan Prime Minister is on an official visit to the UK and yesterday met British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Aldabaiba meets Johnson in London | (libyaherald.com)