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Decentralization is key to health reform: Serraj

Decentralization is key to health reform: Serraj

Libya

By Sami Zaptia. London, 4 October 2019: Speaking yesterday at the opening of the annual conference of the Libyan National Centre for Health System Reform (NCHSR), the internationally recognized Prime Minister of Libya Faiez Serraj, said that connecting the health sector to a decentralized overall system was one of the tools for its development. Serraj said that his government was already working towards the establishment of a decentralized system and that the concept of decentralization was not limited to providing broad powers and greater provisions to Municipalities to enable them meeting their citizens’ needs, but it also means the liberation of the development institutions from the state's bureaucracy. He said that the NCHSR has been established to enable it to move and coordinate with the sectors and institutions involved in its field of work so as to have an advanced and sustainable health system as soon as possible that serves citizens across the [...]
libyaherald, 12 days ago

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Mitiga airport on fire after yet another reported airstrike

Mitiga airport on fire after yet another reported airstrike

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 2 October 2019: The Military Operations Room aligned with the internationally-recognized government of Libya, led by Faiez Serraj, reported that Tripoli’s Mitiga airport was on fire yesterday after it was the subject of another airstrike. The airport has been closed to civilian flights since the first of September after an airstrike nearly hit a landing passenger plane returning with pilgrims from Saudi Arabia. The Volcano of Anger Operations Room reported that ‘‘Foreign military aircraft, in support of rebel war criminal Haftar, is has just targeted Mitiga international airport’’. In response, the Military Information Division of Khalifa Hafter’s Libyan National Army (LNA) claimed that following reports from its intelligence services that monitor different positions at Mitiga and Misrata airports, and after the identification of these sites as being used in the processing, arming and storage of Turkish drones and their [...]
libyaherald, 13 days ago

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Municipality of Central Tripoli collects 1,372 tons of rubbish off streets over four days

Municipality of Central Tripoli collects 1,372 tons of rubbish off streets over four days

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 1 October 2019: In an effort to show that it is doing its utmost to solve Tripoli’s rubbish collection problem, the Municipality of Central Tripoli has published the volumes of garbage it has collected off Tripoli’s streets. For example, during a four-day period from 26 to 29 September it reported that it had collected a total of 1,372 tons of rubbish. On 26 September it collected 170 tons filling 23 trucks. On the 27th  it cleared 290 tons that filled 36 trucks. While on the 28th September it cleared 456 tons filling 57 trucks.Finally, on 29th another 456 tons were cleared. Municipality of Central Tripoli said that the daily quantities of garbage on the streets that needed collection were increasing as garbage from outside the municipality was being dumped within its boundaries. More importantly, it highlighted the main cause of the problem by reminding the public that the main garbage dumping site at Sidi Sayeh was closed due to [...]
libyaherald, 14 days ago

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Africom kills 8 in air strike at ISIS in south west Libya

Africom kills 8 in air strike at ISIS in south west Libya

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 20 September 2019: U S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced today that it killed eight suspected "ISIS-Libya terrorists" yesterday in the vicinity of the south western Libyan town of Murzuq. It said it conducted the operation in coordination with Libya's internationally-recognized Tripoli government led by Faiez Serraj.
libyaherald, 25 days ago

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Italy to start implementing stalled coastal motorway as part of colonial era compensation

Italy to start implementing stalled coastal motorway as part of colonial era compensation

Libya

By Sami Zaptia. London, 16 September 2019: Italy has decided to start implementing the long-stalled Libyan coastal motorway project, the Libyan embassy in Rome, aligned to the Faiez Serraj Tripoli government, reported yesterday. The agreement to start construction was signed at the Italian Ministry of Communications and Infrastructure in Rome, the embassy reported. It will be recalled that the coastal motorway project stretching from the Libyan Egyptian to the Libyan Tunisian land borders was part of the Treaty of Friendship, Partnership and Cooperation, signed in Benghazi in 2008 between former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and Qaddafi as part of a US$ 5 bn compensation package for Italy’s colonial occupation of Libya. It will also be kept in mind, and as reported by Libya Herald at the time, that a similar announcement was made back in August 2013 - with no implementation taking place due to the poor security in Libya. There was a similar [...]
libyaherald, 29 days ago

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LBBC to hold conference in Tunis 18-21 November

LBBC to hold conference in Tunis 18-21 November

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 13 September 2019: The Libyan British Business Council (LBBC) will be taking a business delegation to Tunis this year from 18-21 November. This follows on from last year’s reported successful mission. They report that National Oil Corporation (NOC) chairman Mustafa Sanalla and his top management team have confirmed their participation and will again be available for B2B meetings. Faisel Gergab, chairman of the Libyan Post, Telecommunication and IT Holding Company (LPTIC) has also confirmed his attendance. There will also be other state, parastatal and private bodies in relevant sectors, including energy, financial services and infrastructure. The LBBC says that the business mission to Tunis will offer its members the opportunity to develop contacts and information on the political, security and economic environment as well as current business opportunity in Libya. The conference will address Libyan requirements in key sectors [...]
libyaherald, 33 days ago

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Libyan oil revenues up LD 2.6 bn on projections from January to end of August

Libyan oil revenues up LD 2.6 bn on projections from January to end of August

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 12 September 2019: Libya’s oil revenues were up by LD 2.6 bn on budget projections, from LD 17.6 bn to LD 20.2 bn for the period 1/1/2019 to 30/8/19, the Tripoli Central Bank of Libya (CBL) reported in its latest bulletin released on Monday. Revenues from tax, customs, telecommunications, CBL profits, sales on local fuel and other non-oil revenue were all down. Despite this, overall revenues were still up by LD 1.1 bn from projected LD 10.5 bn TO LD 14.9 bn. Revenues from . . . This article is only available to subscribers. Please login or subscribe.
libyaherald, 33 days ago

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Tax system reform forum makes 11 main recommendations

Tax system reform forum makes 11 main recommendations

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 6 September 2019: The First Forum on the Libyan Tax System was held in the city of Benghazi on 28 August by the Libyan Tax Authority on reforming the Libyan Tax System. The forum made 11 main recommendations, published on Monday 2 September, to make the tax system compatible with Libya’s current economy. Numerous papers were presented at the forum on the inadequacies of the current tax system which was last reformed during the so-called Saif Al-Islam Qaddafi reform period prior to 2011. Presenters argued that the current system inherited from a welfare . . . This article is only available to subscribers. Please login or subscribe.
libyaherald, 39 days ago

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Libya’s July oil revenues up US$ 403 M (23 percent) to US$ 2.1 bn

Libya’s July oil revenues up US$ 403 M (23 percent) to US$ 2.1 bn

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 2 September 2019: Libya’s July oil revenues were up US$ 403 million to US$ 2.1 billion, up 23 percent from June, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) reported on Saturday. It said July’s figures were inflated by a busy crude loading schedule at the end of June resulting in cargo receipts both arriving and clearing in July’s revenue statement. The NOC chairman, Mustafa Sanalla said that “In spite of month-on-month growth, Libya’s oil sector remains vulnerable to security shocks. Two separate security incidents on the Sharara pipeline lowered revenue receipts’’. “Oil and gas revenues contribute over 92% of Libya’s budget. This has been achieved despite less than 58% of our annual requested budget being approved and received. Libya’s energy sector and security infrastructure must be appropriately financed to ensure it is insulated from the ongoing conflict and can continue to fund basic services across the country,” he [...]
libyaherald, 44 days ago

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Serraj government and UN condemn Mitiga airport bombing

Serraj government and UN condemn Mitiga airport bombing

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 1 September 2019: The internationally-recognized Libyan government led by Faiez Serraj and the United Nations condemned Saturday’s attack on Mitiga airport which led to civilian casualties. The attack was attributed to the Khalifa Hafter forces attacking Tripoli. There was some minor damage to infrastructure, parked cars and shrapnel damage to one aircraft. The Serraj Health Ministry reported four civilian injuries, including 3 pilgrim passengers (a woman and two men) and another civilian were taken to Mitiga and Central Tripoli hospitals, while another 30 pilgrims who had fainted and experienced high rates of blood pressure and diabetes as a result of the panic - were also admitted to hospitals. The civilian injuries occurred because the attack on the airport coincided with the landing of the Libyan Airlines flight upon its return with pilgrims from Saudi Arabia. The Serraj government condemned the attack attributed to [...]
libyaherald, 44 days ago

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