Council Members

** ~ The LBBC sends its Muslim members and friends best wishes for the holy month of Ramadan ~ **

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 [23 Junel] 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 May 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 - 20 June 2017

The Ramadan period has allowed for some reconciliation on the security issues and military movements throughout the country as most cities have remained free from incident. At the start of the week, a meeting was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tripoli that gathered many elders and tribes from all over the country including those who are still loyal to the former regime. The meeting was held under the auspices of the High Council of Reconciliation (HCR) and Tripoli Revolutionaries’ Brigade (TRB) calling for a comprehensive national reconciliation that will bring security and stability throughout Libya. On Wednesday, International donors from the Libya Stabilization fund (LSF) met with Presidential Council (PC) Fayez Sirraj to discuss needs for local residents. Ambassadors from Britain, France, Italy, Korea and the EU attended the conference with the EU Ambassador announcing a contribution of 5 million euros to the LSF.

Opinions suggest, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is set to name a former Lebanese culture minister Ghassan Salame, a professor of International Relations and Conflict Resolution at Sciences-Po in Paris as the new U.N. envoy to Libya to replace Martin Kobler. An announcement should take place early next week.

The migrant crisis continues as a Spanish navy ship was dispatched to help two migrant boats struggling to stay afloat on Sunday rescuing 526 people including 8 pregnant women and 9 children. The previous day, the Italian coastguard recovered 800 migrants from 6 separate operations bringing the total to over 2300 people in one week. Meanwhile, the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, urged EU countries to push for establishing refugee camps inside Libya, stating that EU countries must have a firm stand to fight and stop illegal immigration from Libya to Europe in an agreement similar to that in Turkey that led to the illegal immigration shrink by 90%. 

On the economic front, Libya’s oil production has risen by over 50,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 885,000 bpd after the National Oil Corp (NOC) settled a dispute with Germany's Wintershall who had shut down production in the Sirte basin.

Tripoli and the west has remained steady although social media is currently reporting that Misratan militias allied to Libyan National Guard under Brig Mahmoud Al-Zigal had arrived on the outskirts of Tripoli on Monday. This report follows the sighting of armoured vehicles, including trucks carrying heavy weapons passing along the coastal road from Misrata. In response to this incident, pro-GNA militias have reportedly mobilized in Salah Al Din and the Airport Road, south of Tripoli. Increased militant activity was then reported along Wadi Al Rabie road. 

There has been a slight rise in kidnapping as two Libyan businessmen were taken on Friday and two bank other officials were abducted from the Corinthian hotel on Saturday although both were released the following morning. 

In the east, Benghazi has remained the main focal point for security events. On Friday in Suq Al-Hout area, which has become the last reported stronghold of Islamist fighters, five soldiers serving with the Libyan National Army (LNA) were reported to have been killed, including the commander, in house to house fighting in Misrata street. The previous day, a heavy airstrike was initiated to weaken militant positions. In Ajdabiya, an IED was planted under a LNA soldier’s vehicle which injured 2 people.

Unconfirmed reports in the south suggest the French Airforce carried out airstrikes against IS positions located in an unspecified area south of Awbari. Reportedly, the raid targeted the IS leader Emir Hashim Busedra.

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

If you would like to contribute to this section of the LBBC website, in the first instance please contact the Secretariat at: secretariat@lbbc.org.uk or call +44 (0) 20 7152 4051