Libya begins tentative voyage towards becoming tourist hotspot of the future

Libya begins tentative voyage towards becoming tourist hotspot of the future

Barriers are daunting, armed militias, weak government, jihadi terrorism, but minister at tourism expo believes in the long game

10 holidays that come with travel warnings

Ouem El Ma Lake, Libya

Ouem El Ma Lake, Libya

Ikram Bash Imam freely admits it is not an easy task to persuade a sceptical world that the “new” Libya, still awash with weapons and rival militias, is a holiday destination worth considering.

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Des Libyens demandent la nationalité algérienne :

L’Algérie, La “Mecque des Révolutionnaires” 19 Ocotobre 2013
Des Libyens demandent la nationalité algérienne :

Selon des sources bien informées, le nombre des Libyens souhaitant bénéficier de la nationalité algérienne, avait vivement augmenté durant les mois écoulés.
Une source de la wilaya d’Illizi a révélé que la majorité des libyens qui avaient déposé leurs demandes auprès du ministère de la justice sont les partisans de l’ancien régime du colonel déchu Kadhafi. Ces derniers ont fuit leur patrie par craintes de représailles du nouveau régime. Il est prompt à préciser que les villes frontalières près la wilaya d’Illizi ont connu un flux humain intense depuis la chute de l’ancien régime, ou plusieurs ressortissants libyens avaient bénéficié de cartes de séjour temporaire ou un certificat de résidence d’un an portant la mention de visiteur dans les wilayas d’Illizi, Ouargla et Ghardaïa.

Libya waiting for Turkish investors


طرابلس عروس البحر المتوسط

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16:19, 31 May 2013 Friday

The Libyan tourism minister said her country sought to attract Turkish investors as the two countries agreed to cooperate on tourism.

Libyan Minister of Tourism Akram Abd al-Salam Bash Imam said her country was engaged in cooperation with Turkey on tourism, as Libya planned to pass laws for promoting its touristic value and incentivizing foreign investment.

Large-scale tourism projects in Tripoli and Sibrata are being finalized despite security woes, said Imam, while some 20 projects worth billions of dollars still remain from the Kaddafi era.

Imam said the media was growing more and more obsessed with Libya’s security issues.”This hinders our efforts to attract tourists into the country,” she added.

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Mitiga Airport suspends operations after second strike

By Libya Herald reporters.

Tripoli, 25 November 2014:

Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport has suspended all flights following this morning’s air raid, which apparently caused widespread panic among waiting passengers. All carriers are being diverted to Misrata . . .

No news of kidnapped of Jordanian ambassador but Interior Ministry “has leads”

By Libya Herald staff.

Tripoli, 16 April 2014:

There has been news of the Jordanian Ambassador, Fawwaz Al-Eitan, who was seized yesterday morning in central Tripoli by masked gunmen.  However, the Interior Ministry continues to follow up a number of leads.


Libya Herald

Fighting subsides in Sebha as reconciliation talks get underway

Tripoli, 22 January 2014:

Fighting in and around Sebha has calmed down as reconciliation talks in the town gather momentum.

HRW criticizes Libya for lawlessness and impunity for local militias

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday criticized [press release] Libya for ongoing lawlessness and impunity for the militias responsible for the systematic executions of Muammar Gaddafi [JURIST backgrounder] and his supporters. HRW further urged the Libyan government and its international allies to create and support a law-abiding state security force and an impartial justice system which applies the law “no matter who the victim and who the perpetrator.” Earlier this month HRW requested [JURIST report] that Libya instate a moratorium on capital punishment because of the widespread disarray in the Libyan judicial system.

During the period of time now referred to as “the Arab Spring,” countries across the Middle East erupted in protests from citizens demanding an end to oppressive regimes and the beginning of true democracies in their nations. The pro-democracy protests began in Tunisia [JURIST news archive] and spread quickly to Egypt [JURIST backgrounder] and on to Libya and other nations. The recent death sentences come amid debate between the UN and Libya over the proper venue to try Gaddafi-era officials. Libya remains in conflict [JURIST report] with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] over the trial of Gaddafi’s son and the efficacy and fairness of trying him in a Libyan court.


Malta signs energy procurement agreement with Libya


Monday, 2, September, 2013 Malta News

The Government said in a statement today that “the relationship between Malta and Libya took a quantum leap today with the signing of the memorandum of understanding, which is crucial and beneficial for both countries.”

The deal was announced during a joint press conference between the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his Libyan counterpart Mr Ali Zeidan Mohamed.

Malta will be supplied by Libya with an amount of oil products, including processed and crude oil, diesel, petrol, jet fuel and LPG, with favourable terms and conditions. The agreement will be implemented as soon as oil production in Libya resumes under normal conditions, “in the near future.”

T”his is a very concrete measure by which this Government will make sure that Enemalta is on a sound footing and will help shield Maltese consumers and industries from excessive fluctuations in the world market. It will help us stabilise the price of fuel for the benefit of our economy and of our families. This is a ground breaking memorandum of understanding on which puts forward a number of key agreements which the details will be discussed in the next Joint Commission Meeting in Tripoli,The Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muscat said.

The agreement also specifies that in the medium to the long term Malta becomes a centre from which Libya can service Europe in the energy sector. “The Maltese Government is resetting the policy objectives of our country.” The Prime Minster said that “now that the interconnector is in place Malta looks forward to become a juncture to the south whereby it can become an energy hub from which Libya can supply energy to Europe.”

“Another important step forward is the agreement to consider joint activity to exploring the potential for oil and gas in disputed areas between our two countries. This goes also hand in hand with an initiative with our Italian partners in the northern part of our territory,” the Prime Minister said.

“Malta will serve as a centre for servicing the Libyan oil and gas industry when it comes to the English Language. The Government will transform the Ta’ Giorni centre and make all the necessary upgrades in the equipment so that Malta can help servicing oil and gas industry in Libya with English Language capabilities.”

The Prime Minsiter explained that Malta now has an energy policy which includes a number of projects that are necessary to Malta in order to ensure Enemalta is a sound institution. “In this manner, Malta will not be totally reliant on the world market for the first time in 22 years.”

He added that this agreement is a “huge step forward which will make Malta’s tourism sector more competitive.”

Dr Muscat pointed out that “if Libya is not in a position to supply us with the refined product, Malta will be able to take the equivalent in crude oil and then make the necessary arrangement ourselves.”

The Prime Minister voiced his concerns about the illegal immigration situation and Mr Zeidan explained that after the revolution security has become an important issue, with Libya facing terrorism across the borders.

Mr Zeidan stated that this has become an international problem and it should be tackled in a very significant way. The Libyan Prime Minister said that cooperation with the European Union is strong and effective but believes that more could be done.

The Prime Minister, announced that Libya has been invited to join forces with the initiatives launched by Malta, Italy and Greece so that Libya has the necessary help to resolve the issue in a multilateral manner.

In the next few weeks the Libyan Transport Minister together with his delegation will visit Malta and discuss with Joe Mizzi, Minister for Transport how to help the Libyan Aviation Industry, through being serviced from Malta and other opportunities that might arise. Other topics which surfaced throughout the discussions were the current conflict in Syria, health and visas.

Mr Zeidan thanked Malta for its significant role during the Libyan revolution and stated that the Libyan Government would like to boost its relationship with Malta, especially when it comes to economy politics, education, culture and technical and also boost the relationship on oil and gas based on the conditions agreed upon.

The Libyan delegation was made up of the Minsiter for Transport and Economy, Minister for Oil and Gas, assistants and the Head of the Office of the Prime Minister of Libya.
Gozo News.Com: Malta signs energy procurement agreement with Libya

Oil Update: No Breakout So Far, but the Trend Remains in Place

By Nadia Simmons Sep 03, 2013

From today’s point of view, it seems that the situation hasn’t changed much since last week because light crude is trading between $105 and $107 per barrel once again, just like it did a week ago. However, last week was very interesting and brought a significant improvement in the oil market — a positive change that eventually turned out to be only temporary.