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The LBBC Business Risk Advisor

The Libyan people’s political and economic hopes following the 2011 revolution, repeatedly confirmed by several elections over the years that followed, have been frustrated by political failure and armed conflict between rival politicians, regions and militias.

LBBC Business Risk Advisor

There is no sign of an early resolution to this conflict and it may get worse before it gets better.  But the country’s tribulations will pass and the Libyan people’s aspirations for a more settled and prosperous future will be within their reach once more.  At that stage, they will look for goods, services and partnerships with overseas suppliers and, as an oil exporter, will have the financial resources to pay for the country’s needs.

No-one can predict when stability will return so it is crucial to monitor developments in-country to ensure that, when it does, LBBC members are ready to resume business. The LBBC has created this page to provide members and their clients with access to up-to-date information and analyses. The material on this page is provided by professional risk advisory companies with staff on the ground in Libya.

This is not to say that there is no business to be done in Libya even now.  Visible (and no doubt invisible) exports continue, albeit at a modest rate, and some contracts are offered.   The risk advisory page provides a valuable resource for members considering responding to these business prospects and the opportunity to consult the companies involved on the conditions affecting the viability and location of the particular business under consideration.

We are sure that LBBC members - both experienced Libyan operators and businesses new to the Libyan market - will find the information provided on this page and the more detailed advice available from the providers both interesting and a valuable input to their business strategies and decisions.

GardaWorld

GardaWorld .Xplored Risk Analysis and Reporting:

GardaWorld risk reports for Libya are produced in country and contain the very latest ground-truth information that analyses the current security situation, political, regulatory and cultural challenges. Reports are designed for people with operational reporting requirements and can support staff deployment and movement plans with their up-to-date review of current threat levels or risk in Libya.
 
For inquiries regarding bespoke reporting please contact our Regional Director for Libya: nigel.lea@garda.com or visit www.garda.com/gw

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Read the Libya .Xplored latest Libya Report 12 January 2018] here

Prepared by Risk Analysis Team, Libya

Unity Resources Group

Unity is a leading provider of effective solutions to business, governments and organisations pursuing success in challenging and high risk environments. Our Libya operations and extensive network of reliable local sources provide invaluable insights to clients on successfully navigating challenges in their areas of operations within Libya. Our experienced country management team are able to support clients to enter the country, set up and secure their operations and provide on-going consultation services, so they can focus on their core business and achieve organisational success.

The Unity Country Manager and team in Tripoli are vastly experienced, the CM has over 16 years of operational experience in Libya, our team has a vast understanding of operating environment and key contacts throughout the country. As always Unity intend to work closely with our clients to fulfil their aims in a safe manner given the restricted environment. The assets security resources and policies are aligned to meet the Libyan environment, our aim is also to train and deploy Libyan operators wherever possible. 
www.unityresourcesgroup.com

To discuss our services in more detail, please contact: Kevin Carlin kcarlin@unityresourcesgroup.com
 

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Read Unity Resources Group's Latest Report - Libya Monitor - to 30 November 2017 here

The Inkerman Group

The Inkerman Group is a specialist risk and intelligence company that delivers tools, techniques and methodologies to counter or mitigate threats to organisations and businesses. The Inkerman Group’s expertise covers all aspects of risk, intelligence, travel safety, protection and security, and works with clients, companies and organisations throughout the world to identify the specific risks, threats and vulnerabilities they face. The Inkerman Group has been producing its present range of insightful Libya intelligence publications since the current period of instability began. These are supported by a 24/7 Operations capability, which can include the deployment of operatives for executive protection, review of sites and, if necessary, extraction of foreign nationals in the worst-case scenarios. The Inkerman Group is also positioned to generate bespoke reports for clients operating in or doing business with Libya, drawing on a vast range of accrued expertise, local sources, and operational experience to deliver according to clients’ exact requirements.

To discuss any of these services, please contact Luke Wells at luke.wells@inkerman.com or Alice Boyes at alice.boyes@inkerman.com. Alternatively, please telephone The Inkerman Group on +44 (0) 1233 646940.




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Read the Libya Daily Report to 27 March 2017 here

JANUS GLOBAL OPERATIONS


JANUS GLOBAL OPERATIONS continues to keep our permanent expat country management team on the ground in Tripoli supporting our clients international and local personnel as well as critical infrastructure. We are also currently involved in working with many of our clients on their re-entry planning, security risk management surveys and political sector analysis. 

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Janus Global Operations -  Libya Security Summary - 9 January 2018

On the political front, Germany has completed the destruction of components from the chemicals weapons programme of the deceased Libyan dictator Muhammar Gaddafi. The international community had feared that the 500 tons of chemicals could fall into the hands of “extremist groups or rogue states after Gaddafi was ousted in 2011’’. Germany’s Foreign and Defence Ministries said on Friday that the ‘’chemicals had been destroyed successfully and in an environmentally sustainable manner” by a state-owned specialist firm, GEKA, which is based in Munster, south of Hamburg. The cost of destroying the chemicals was shared by Germany and the United States.

The speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives in eastern Libya, Aquilah Saleh, stated in a press conference on Saturday that, ‘’Russia has contributed to the Libyan crisis settlement’’. “We see that Russia’s role assists in the reconciliation between the Libyans,” Saleh said. Aquilah Saleh went on to say that Russia also provided the necessary military training for the “Libyan National Army” and shared its expertise with the servicemen. Saleh and other eastern officials from Libya, including the commander of the so-called Libyan army Khalifa Haftar visited Moscow more than once over the last three years.

In the west on Friday, the forces of the commander of the western military zone of the Presidential Council, Osama Jeweili, and the forces of the Presidential Guard clashed on Friday in the Abu Khammash area in western Zuwara, nearby the Libyan-Tunisian border of Ras Ajdir. The clashes, according to Jeweili aimed at ending crime dens and hubs involved in smuggling within western Libya and to also aid western security departments, including Ajilat town, Al-Jemail town, and others in west of the country. However, on Saturday, all forces reached an agreement to stop all military operations in the area. In a statement by Hafeth Ben-Sasi, dean of Zuwara Municipal Council, "An agreement was reached to freeze military operations in the area from Abu Khammash to the Tunisian border". The agreement also included a call for a meeting between the administration of the border, the Security Directorate of Zuwara, and Mr. Osama Joueili, to discuss security arrangements of the region. Finally, he stated that the Tunisian border was officially reopened "after it was closed on Friday due to military actions’’. 

Meanwhile in Garabulli on Saturday, east of Tripoli, the Al-Kani Brigade of the Defense Ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA) carried out an artillery shelling attack that rocked the Garabulli district. In a statement by the Al-Kani Brigade, ‘’one of the Garabulli residents kidnapped one of our fighters.  We talked to the elders of Garabulli and asked them to release the fighter, but they ignored our request, that is why we attacked it".  However, on Sunday, Tarhouna brigades and Al-Kani Brigade forces pulled out of Garabulli after the elders of Tarhouna and Garabulli agreed a plan to secure the district. The signatories all agreed to hand over the kidnapped member of the Al-Kani Brigade at the Bridge, Garabulli's main checkpoint to the Central Security Support Department of Garabulli, after the Tarhouna forces had withdrawn.

Whilst in the east, local sources on Wednesday, reported that unknown gunmen emptied their guns into a local political hopeful, Salah Qaliwan, outside his home on Wednesday before fleeing the scene. Qaliwan was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but later died of his injuries. It is unclear what the motive behind the killing was, but it comes after Qaliwan announced his intention to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections. On Saturday, another car bomb exploded near to the house of Musa al-Nimr, an elder of the eastern region, in the town of Salouq on the outskirts of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. No casualties were reported. Intelligence suggests that the explosion might have been carried out remotely, as the car was seen within the area of the explosion earlier in the day. Later reports indicate that no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. An education official from a Libyan town near the city of Benghazi has died after being shot multiple times in a targeted attack this week. 

Janus Global Operations continues to keep our permanent expat country management team on the ground in Tripoli supporting our clients international and local personnel as well as critical infrastructure. We are also currently involved in working with many of our clients on their re-entry planning, security risk management surveys and political sector analysis. To discuss these services further please contact us on +218 911713972 or +971 508764175 or visit our website www.janusgo.com 




MS Risk

MS Risk supports clients in a variety of business sectors with research, investigative activity, crisis response, project management and consulting services.  MS Risk enjoys strong links working in partnership with and supporting law enforcement and military agencies.  It has completed projects for clients around the world and in sectors such as natural resources, maritime, supply chain, financial services, media, hospitality, construction engineering and for the legal profession.  www.msrisk.com

To discuss our services, please contact info@msrisk.com or +44 207 754 3555

Links:

Read MS Risk's latest report Outlook- Libyan Port Security here - 16 October 2016

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