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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 [22 September] 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's Latest Report - Libya Monitor - to 31 August 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. 

Links:

Janus Global Operations -  Libya Security Summary - 26 September 2017

This week on the political front:

Members of the Libyan Dialogue will meet next week to work on amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), which will then be put to a National Conference, UNSMIL's chief, Ghassan Salamé said in New York on Wednesday. The surprise in Salamé’s unveiling of his much-heralded new action plan, which would effectively bypass the House of Representatives (HoR), whose refusal to sign off the LPA has stymied any settlement. However, the HoR is to be part of the conference. He said the gathering was “intended to open the door to those ostracised, those self-marginalised, those players who have been reluctant to join the political process.” It would be what Salamé described as their “epitome moment of their National Reconciliation”. Further reports received indicated that the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, has disclosed a little bit of bold detail about his upcoming action plan in Libya; that is, allowing Moamar Gaddafi's loyalists and ex-regime officials to run for parliamentary and presidential elections. "Parliamentary and presidential elections must be open for all "he remarked.

 Presidency Council (PC) chairman Fayez Seraj has told Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov ‘’ It was extremely encouraging that Libya’s crisis had been the subject of high-level attention at the UN General Assembly’’. In a meeting in New York on Saturday, the two men discussed UNSMIL’s new action plan, However, Seraj also stressed the importance of sticking to the terms of the July deal he made in Paris with Khalifa Haftar. Moscow reported after Saturday's meeting that Lavrov said there needed to be a broad national dialogue involving Libya’s main political forces and regions with a view to overcoming the protracted crisis.

This week, in the area of the Al Jufra district, 240 kilometres southeast of ‘’Sirte’’, once a city that was the Libyan stronghold of ISIS, saw the United States President Donald Trump order the first drone airstrike against Libya since taking office. Bearing in mind that Trump previously said that the United States has “no role” in Libya. The series of US drone airstrikes, believed to be six  in total, were carried out on an Islamic State group camp in the Al Jufra district, allegedly killing 17 militants and destroying three vehicles and a stockpile of weapons, the U.S. military said. U.S. Africa Command said in a statement that strikes on Friday targeted a camp that was being used to move fighters in and out of Libya, plot attacks and store weapons. The military also said Friday’s strike was conducted in coordination with the beleaguered United Nations-backed Government of National Accord, GNA, in Tripoli.

Tensions rose in the capital on Sunday evening as the Presidency Council (PC) declared a state of emergency and banned a planned Martyrs’ Square rally that was due to take place on Monday in support of entrepreneur and would-be presidential candidate Baset Igtet. Despite warnings from the Security Directorate, Haithem Tajouri and other militia leaders in Tripoli that protests in Martyrs’ Square would not be allowed a large number of demonstrators heeded the call of entrepreneur Baset Igtet.

Clashes continued in Sabratah after a source from the city stated that a truce reached in the city on Tuesday had broken down and renewed clashes erupted in the city centre on Wednesday night. The clashes broke out last Sunday between recently formed ISIS Fighting Operation Room (IFOR) and the 48th Battalion after the killing of one of the members of the latter at a checkpoint for the IFOR. The western Libyan city of Sabratah has witnessed violent clashes for over a week between rival armed groups, which have caused dozens of casualties and forced residents to flee their homes.

Whilst in Derna, the Libyan National Army (LNA) continued ground offensives as clashes broke out between elements of the LNA Omar al-Mukhtar Operations Room and members of Derna Shura Council on the outskirts of Derna on Monday early morning. The LNA later reported that they had carried out shelling attacks on known Shura Council positions during the clashes. It is believed that LNA patrol forces, whilst carrying out a recognisance mission were attacked by elements of the Shura Council.

 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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