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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 [19 Mayl] 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 April 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 - 16 May 2017

This week on the political front has seen Egypt’s President, Fateh El-Sisi meet the House of Representatives (HoR) head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), commander, Khalifa Haftar. It was reported that Sisi had called for an end to the United Nations’ imposed weapons embargo to be lifted on Libya. He went on to say that this was needed so that the LNA could fight terrorism and a unified army within Libya was the only way to allow state institutions to be re-built. Sisi has long supported Haftar and has on numerous occasions praised his role for restoring stability within Libya. After Haftar had held meetings with the President of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Sirraj in their first talks together in Abu Dhabi last week, rumours circulated that Seraj would meet with Haftar in the second round of talks in Cairo; however there have been no confirmed reports of this meeting taking place. 

In a press conference in Algeria’s capital, Algiers, the GNA’s Foreign Minister, Mohammed Siyala, announced that Haftar was ‘’the commander in chief of the Libyan Army’’ however, he later added that Haftar must first recognise the Tripoli based GNA as Libya’s sole authority. This led to several Libyan military officers, in a meeting held in Zuwara city, rejecting the statements made by the GNA’s Foreign Minister and calling for the Foreign Minister to apologise to the Libyan people about such a statement - indicating that there is such a thing as a ‘’Haftar led General Command’’. In a later statement the officers said  - “we will never accept, in the name of the Libyan Military ranks, to work under the command of the prisoner of war Khalifa Haftar.”

More than 45,000 people have reached Italy by boat from North Africa this year, a more than 40 percent increase on the same period in 2016 the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said. More than 1,200 have died on the way. Italy and Germany sent a joint letter on May 11 to the European Union to ask for a mission to be sent to Libya's southern border, which many migrants cross on their way north. In the letter, the interior ministers, Marco Minniti and Thomas de Maziere asked for a greater EU commitment to help stabilise the roughly 5,000 km (3,100 mile)-long border which Libya has long struggled to control. A senior official in the United Nations backed Libyan government in Tripoli said on Sunday his administration was ready to create a new guard to patrol the frontier but it could only be secured if other countries helped.

Whilst in the capital this reporting week, tensions rose as clashes erupted in the old town of the capital between the Nuwasi brigade of the UN opposed Governments Interior Ministry and a brigade from the Military council of the old city. It is believed the reason behind the clashes was that the Nuwasi brigade attempted to arrest a member of the military council of the old city who was believed to have played a part in black market money exchanges that had led to the hike of the dollar exchange rate reaching 10 LYD to the US dollar. Following a reported meeting in Salaedeen earlier this week between Misratan hardliner brigades vowing to impose themselves on the capital. Clashes broke out in Tripoli’s Abu Sleem, Salaedeen and the Airport road districts, between the Misratan brigades and local brigades, notably militias under Ghneiwa Al-Kikli, Haithem Al-Tajouri, Hashem Bishr and Abdul Raouf Kara. 

In the east, fierce clashes continued in Benghazi’s Suq Al Hout district as the LNA continued to assault militant positions and further airstrikes have been carried out on the city’s second Islamist stronghold of Sabri. The LNA have closed roads surrounding both the besieged downtown districts and have warned residents close to the front line to leave their homes. Unconfirmed reports came in, that an explosion was heard in the area of the Saiqa Special Forces weapons dump in Nuwagiya. Later an LNA source stated that the explosion was caused by the heat and due to poorly stored ammunition, however, on the eve of the third anniversary celebrations of the start of the Dignity operation on the militant Islamist, sabotage and some form of spectacular attack cannot be ruled out. 

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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