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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

Links:

Read the Libya .Xplored latest Libya Report [21 July] 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: David Bird - dbird@unityresourcesgroup.com or 
 

Links:

Read Unity Resources Group Report - Libya Monitor June 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.




Links:

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 - 18 July 2017

This week on the political front, the head of Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Seraj, has called for parliamentary and presidential elections in March 2018, although his proposals will likely have to compete with other Libyan and international efforts to bring an end to the country's conflict.  Agreeing on an election plan and holding nationwide polls would be a major challenge due to Libya's political divisions, continuing insecurity and bouts of fighting, and deteriorating infrastructure. However, Seraj said he was putting forward the roadmap because of his "determination to escape the current crisis and unify Libyans". Seraj later stated that "I am confident that the national spirit will overcome the narrow personal interests, and invite everyone to offer compromise even if it's painful to do so,"

In Cairo this week, Egyptian President Abdelfatah Al-Sisi and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, both agreed on the importance of pushing ahead the efforts for a political settlement in Libya. Macron phoned Al-Sisi and they held talks that focused on the latest developments in the region, with Libya on top, presidential spokesman Alaa Yusuf said in Cairo. The two leaders agreed that a settlement in Libya must restore stability to the country and maintain its territorial integrity as well as boosting anti-terror efforts in the region.

Reports came in a Saturday that commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar, is once again going to meet with the GNA President Fayez Seraj for the second time. According to reports, the UAE will bring together the two kingpins in meetings within the Cyrenaica region to discuss the current political situation in the country. 

Migration and human trafficking in Libya has once again raised its head. Belgium’s Migration Minister, Theo Francken, stated this week that ‘’The EU naval operation to save migrants and disrupt human-trafficking networks is “lunacy” and brings “shame” on Europe’’. He went on to say “Personally I think this operation should not be repeated because it is pure lunacy. There is no logic to it”.  His remarks come days after a British parliamentary committee branded Operation Sophia a failure. 

The west has remained relatively quiet this reporting week. However, after last week’s clashes that took place in the Garabulli and Gawea districts, Pro-Government of National Accord (GNA) Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade (TRB) issued a statement on Tuesday announcing full control of that region. TRB later issued a statement to the fact “We are now in full control of Garabulli and all vital facilities and checkpoints in the district.”  TRB said that the security situation in the area is now stable, after what they called ‘’the final battle’’. The Health Ministry later reported that, four people were killed and 21 others were wounded in the two-day clashes in eastern Tripoli. Meanwhile, the Tripoli security directorate declared that all security forces affiliated with the Interior Ministry are performing their work to secure the safety of the capital and its borders. In Az Zaiyah, a fisherman was killed whilst trying to harvest explosive materials from an artillery shell, to use for fishing. It was later reported that the materials accidently exploded, killing the fisherman, destroying his house, and damaging nearby houses in the vicinity. Finally, power cuts continue to plague the capital, with power cuts taking place virtually every day lasting for up to 10 hours and others occurring during the night. 

Whilst in the east, and although aggressive fighting has subsided, landmines from previous fighting within Benghazi have claimed more lives. A landmine exploded along Derna Street, near to Souq Al Hout, killing 3 civilians. A GECOL engineer, whilst working on power lines in Ash Shwaykhat Street Benghazi, was killed by a landmine, another civilian was killed in a further landmine explosion as he tried to enter his house, again in the Souq Al Hout area of Benghazi. Areas in As Sabri and Suq al Hut that was recently liberated by LNA are still littered with IEDs, landmines and booby traps which also cause injuries to security forces conducting clearing operations or civilians trying to return to their homes.

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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