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Go-slow at Libyan-Tunisian border crossings blamed on Tunisians

Go-slow at Libyan-Tunisian border crossings blamed on Tunisians

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 14 August 2019: The Ras Jadair Central Security Department of Tripoli’s Interior Ministry has blamed the 27-hour delays at the Libyan-Tunisian land border crossings squarely on the Tunisian side. The long waits have been growing over the Eid Al-Adha (feast of sacrifice) holiday period that started from the preceding weekend last Thursday afternoon. The Tunisians have been criticised for not distinguishing between the ill, children and elderly waiting to enter Tunisia on the Libyan side. The Libyan authorities claim that they are not responsible for the inordinate delays who are being held up after Tunisian customs and car registration checks as a result of the Tunisians disabling the scanner device. The extraordinary delays have led to speculation that the delays are premeditated by the Tunisian side for unknown security reasons. This is especially since the delays seem to be coordinated in both the Wazen and Ras Jdair crossings. The [...]
libyaherald, 4 days ago

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Third Annual Libyan Banking Forum opens in Tunis

Third Annual Libyan Banking Forum opens in Tunis

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 11 July 2019: The Third Annual Libyan Banking Forum opened in Tunis this morning, where current session chair, ATIB Bank Chairman, Noman Al Bouri, and a number of heads of banking boards opened the Banking Plus exhibition held on the sidelines of the forum. The first session of the forum discussed the automation of banking operations in Libya, during which participants stressed the importance of switching to electronic services in the banking sector as a solution to ensure the safety of citizens' and bankworkers in light of the Libya's security crisis. The session was attended by Ahmed Al Mehoub, Technical Advisor of the Central Bank of Libya, Omar Fischer, Strategic Advisor to the Islamic Development Bank, Aladdin Khmeera, Director of Tadawil Technology Company, Khalid Al Baybas, Chairman of The Tracks Technology Company, and Managing Director Farouk Al Obaidi, General Manager of AlSaray Bank for Trade and Investment (ATIB). Aladdin [...]
libyaherald, 38 days ago

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Libya-wide certificate in Entrepreneurship and Business Development agreed

Libya-wide certificate in Entrepreneurship and Business Development agreed

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 10 July 2019: Libyan Universities and Chambers of Commerce from 6 Libyan cities: Benghazi, Gharian, Misrata, Sebha, Tripoli and Zintan yesterday signed up to unified programme offering a 30-hour Joint Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Business Development. It is a first initiative of its kind that unifies Libyan universities and chambers of commerce across the current polarized political divide. The programme is aimed at Libyan students and young graduates with a business idea. The initiative is financed by the Delegation of the European Union to Libya and by the Frenche embassy in Libya and is implemented by Expertise France.   Economic diversification programme backed by EU and France to be launched Monday  
libyaherald, 39 days ago

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UNSMIL’s Williams meets HoR members in Tobruk as part of a wider round of meetings in east

UNSMIL’s Williams meets HoR members in Tobruk as part of a wider round of meetings in east

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 8 July 2019: UNSMIL and Ghassan Salame's Deputy for Political Affairs, Stephanie Williams, met a number of House of Representatives (HoR) members at the parliament's seat in Tobruk on Sunday, as part of her wider round of meetings in eastern Libya. The HoR reported that they had discussed the latest political, economic and humanitarian developments in Libya and the efforts of UNSMIL in this regard. The HoR also reported that a number of them stressed the (Libyan National) army's actions in the fight against "terrorism and armed militias" in the west of the country and the "inability of the Presidential Council" to act freely as it has become a "hostage to the armed militias" in Tripoli. The HoR members also denounced the Turkish-Qatari intervention in Libyan affairs and called on the United Nations to intervene in this violation of the sovereignty of a Member State of the United Nations and the violation of UN Security Council [...]
libyaherald, 41 days ago

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Bashagha on Hafter and the motivation for foreign interference in Libya

Bashagha on Hafter and the motivation for foreign interference in Libya

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 6 July 2019: Speaking to the Al-hurra television station yesterday, Fathi Bashagha, Minister of Interior of the Faiez Serraj-led Government of National Accord said that he did not "know why an Emirati Minister is commenting about Libya or why the UAE is interfering in Libyan affairs. Libya is very far away from UAE and does not pose a direct threat to the UAE.” Bashagha was speaking about his accusation of interference by Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia in the current Libyan fighting. He made no reference to accusations of Turkish or Qatari interference in Libyan affairs. It will be recalled that the mainly eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) and aligned forces led by Khalifa Hafter launched an attack on Tripoli on 4 April. The motivation given for this attack was to liberate Tripoli from "terrorists and militias". Bashagha added that Libya believes that “there is an F-16 owned by UAE which is trying to impede the defeat of [...]
libyaherald, 43 days ago

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The 3rd Annual Banking Forum will take place July 11-12, Lico Hotel, Tunis

The 3rd Annual Banking Forum will take place July 11-12, Lico Hotel, Tunis

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By Sami Zaptia. London 5 July 2019: The 3rd Annual (Libyan) Banking Forum will take place on 11-12 July at the Lico Hotel in Tunis, organizers announced today. The forum continues from the previous two editions held in 2017 and 2018. The third edition will cover seven main areas the organizers said. These are: 1- New techniques for automating banking operations. 2- Block chain and its role in the banking sector. 3- Creating laws for virtual banks and modernising Libyan electronic payment regulations. 4- The role of insurance companies in securing banking transactions. 5- Enhancing cyber security in the banking sector. 6- Investment Funds - a bridge to transformation to the digital economy. 7- Announcing the establishment of the Venture Capital Fund. For further details go to the event's official website: www.bsdf.com.ly   Annual Libyan Banking Sector Development Forum to be held in Tunis   Second Libyan banking forum to be held in Benghazi   LD 250 m [...]
libyaherald, 44 days ago

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Serraj government and UN condemn Tripoli airstrike killing 44 migrants

Serraj government and UN condemn Tripoli airstrike killing 44 migrants

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 3 July 2019: The internationally recognized Libyan Presidency Council and Government of National Accord led by Faiez Serraj as well as the UN today condemned in the strongest possible terms the Tripoli airstrike that led to the death of at least 44 and injury of 130 migrants. The strike has been attributed by the Serraj government to the Libyan National Army (LNA) Air Force led by Khalifa Hafter who, it will be recalled, had launched an attack on Tripoli on 4 April. Sources in Tripoli said they heard the loud sound of explosions just after 5 am which were followed by a series of other explosions. The deaths and injuries occurred in the Tajura migrant centre east of Tripoli. Unsurprisingly, there are conflicting narratives from the two conflicting sides, with the Hafter side saying they had targeted the militia base near the migrant centre and that the exploding ammunition caused the deaths of the migrants. The Serraj administration [...]
libyaherald, 47 days ago

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Hafter to target Turkish interests in Libya in his war effort

Hafter to target Turkish interests in Libya in his war effort

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 29 June 2019: Khalifa Hafter, commander of the mainly eastern based Libyan National Army (LNA), is to target Turkish interests in Libya as part of his war effort. The decision was announced last night by Ahmed Mesmari, the Official Spokesperson for Hafter and his LNA. Speaking at a press conference last night, Mesmari declared that "since last night, the Libyan territory has been subjected to a brutal Turkish invasion, resulting in subversive acts inside the Libyan territory, and the General Command of the Armed Forces (LNA) has therefore ordered the Air Force to target ships and boats within the territorial waters and the ground forces by targeting all strategic objectives, Turkish companies, Turkish headquarters and all projects ((the Turkish State)) are legitimate targets of the armed forces in response to this aggression, and all flights ((from and to)) are stopped (Turkey and any Turkish captured inside Libyan territory. At the [...]
libyaherald, 51 days ago

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Hafter forces suffer setback as they lose Gharian

Hafter forces suffer setback as they lose Gharian

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 26 June 2019: The Khalifa Hafter Libyan National Army (LNA) and their allied forces suffered a major set back today when the Tripoli forces aligned to the internationally recognized Faiez Serraj-led Presidency Council and Government of National Accord pushed them back to the north of Gharian. The situation is still fluid with conflicting reports. However, it seems that at some point today, local forces aligned with Tripoli from either within or just outside Gharian - caught the pro Hafter forces by surprise forcing them to withdraw in haste. The attack was also supported by air strikes. Equally, it now seems that the heavy attack and focus by the Tripoli forces on the disused Tripoli International Airport may have been a decoy attack. Alternatively, the pro Hafter forces may have over committed forces to the Tripoli Airport front leaving an opportunity for the Tripoli forces to exploit light cover in their back lines in Gharian. The [...]
libyaherald, 53 days ago

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Five new € 13 million EU-funded projects launched to support Libyan health sector

Five new € 13 million EU-funded projects launched to support Libyan health sector

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 20 June 2019: The European Union (EU) and the internationally recognized Tripoli-based Libyan Ministry of Health officially launched five new EU-funded projects to support the Libyan health sector yesterday. The EU says the projects cover a broad spectrum of priorities of the health system in Libya, with specific focus on 1-primary health care services, 2-blood transfusion safety, 3-nurse and midwifery education, 4-mental and psychosocial support as well as 5-prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The cumulative budget donated by the European Union to these five projects is approximately € 13 million. The EU said that the new package comes in the context of the ongoing conflict in Tripoli, where the needs of the Libyan health sector are as urgent as ever. At the launch event in Tunis yesterday senior Libyan health sector officials and their EU counterparts reviewed the progress of the start-up phase of the [...]
libyaherald, 59 days ago

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