“This visit has illustrated the genuine interdependence between security, rule of law, humanitarian and development processes that would ultimately contribute to lasting peace. Fayez al-Sarraj, and other high-level Government officials, as well as women rights’ organizations representatives of the humanitarian, development and donor communities both in Libya and in Tunisia. “The United Nations is here to support the Government and people of Libya,” said Mr. Wahba. The country also faces severe development challenges and requires multi-faceted, sustained development support. For more information, or media interviews please contact:Eve Sabbagh, OCHA Libya, Tunisia: (+216) 23683009; Libya (+218) 91003 0554, firstname.lastname@example.orgHilaria Espin, UNDP Libya, Tunisia: (+216) 53733600; Libya: (+218) 0926780642, email@example.comRussell Geekie, OCHA HQ, +1 917 331 0393, firstname.lastname@example.org](mailto:email@example.com)Theodore Murphy, UNDP HQ, +1 718 915 2097,firstname.lastname@example.org
December 14, 2018 16:52 UTC
Last month was the worst for Goldman’s stock in more than six years. Malaysia’s finance minister has said he wants a full refund from the Wall Street bank, and the firm was sued by Abu Dhabi investment funds over their losses. Goldman made about US$600 million working on 1MDB bond sales in 2012 and 2013, dwarfing what banks typically make from government deals. Invisible manAs Blankfein’s era ends, he hasn’t disappeared from the Wall Street scene. The chairman shared his fears about life after Wall Street.
December 13, 2018 23:26 UTC
MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Inc. is eliminating about 100 positions in Canada at the same time as the Quebec engineering firm is being described by political leaders as being vulnerable to a foreign takeover. MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Inc. is eliminating about 100 positions in Canada at the same time as the Quebec engineering firm is being described by political leaders as being vulnerable to a foreign takeover. The Montreal-based firm says the workforce reduction is attributable to the completion of various projects across the country. "We are hiring employees based on the needs of our current projects and adjusting when they come to an end. Some analysts have suggested that the current situation could result in the sale of some company assets or make it vulnerable to a takeover offer.
December 13, 2018 21:11 UTC
Here is a recap of Thursday news headlines from The Libya ObserverExchange Rates http://lyo.ly/5acVoters registration for new municipal elections commenced on Wednesday http://lyo.ly/cirHCS rejects HoR's amendments on referendum law http://lyo.ly/cisInterior Minister discusses security training programs with Germany http://lyo.ly/citMinistry of Education calls for firm measures against violent acts in graduation ceremonies http://lyo.ly/civItaly hosts 14th session of Five plus Five Defence initiative meetings http://lyo.ly/ciwGECOL signs contract for maintenance and purchasing vehicles with local manufacture company http://lyo.ly/cixItalian Prime Minister warns fragile situation in Libya would escalate immigration crisis http://lyo.ly/ciyGECOL to set up new power station east of Tripoli http://lyo.ly/cizBen Othman: Haftar certain of electronic army's uselessness http://lyo.ly/cj2The Mufti demands lawsuit against UK embassy in Libya for anti-Islam activities http://lyo.ly/cj5
December 13, 2018 20:03 UTC
The Libyan Grand Mufti, Al-Saddiq Al-Gharyani, has called for filing a lawsuit against the British embassy in Libya for sponsoring activities that violate Libya's sacred norms and for motivating anti-religion and sedition activities. The Mufti's call came as a reaction to a new strategy launched by UK's embassy last week, promoting equality between the two sexes in Libya. "We want to make changes that can alter lives of men and women as well as boys and girls in Libya." Late in November, the UK's embassy organized a seminar chaired by the special envoy of Gender Equality of Britain and announced a new strategy for Libya's sexual equality issues. Many activists from Libya and the international community attended the UK embassy's workshop where the strategy of gender equality in Libya was explained.
December 13, 2018 19:52 UTC
The Head of Quilliam Foundation, a London-based think tank, Noman Ben Othman, said Khalifa Haftar knows for certain that Facebook and other social media pages won't help him, referring to the online virtual army loyal to Haftar. Ben Othman added. "That's why he fabricated a conflict in southern borders and jumped on the fight against illegal immigration, making Tuareg tribesmen the enemy instead of terrorists." Ben Othman said the focus is now on protecting the armed forces and general staff that have been formed in the last years via legislative battles inside the parliament. Ben Othman was a senior leader at Libyan Fighting Group and is now based in London.
December 13, 2018 19:07 UTC
The General Electricity Company announced that it is preparing to set up a new power station with a capacity exceeding 2000 MW. The announcement came during an inspection visit by the company's chairman, Abdul Majid Hamza, to the proposed location of the project in Gout Al-Rumman district east of Tripoli. "The site is the most appropriate place to locate the station, for possessing all the conditions required," Hamza said, pointing out that the company will start promptly in the planning and processing operations. He also clarified that the date of the actual establishment would be in the first quarter of next year, noting that the station will be ready for operation after 10 months from the start of construction.
December 13, 2018 12:33 UTC
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte predicted that the fragile situation in Libya would lead to more migration flows. During a briefing to the Italian parliament, Conte stressed the need to keep the influx of migration low, calling at the same time Europe to participate in the repatriation of migrants. He also demanded that the transformation of migrants rescued by European vessels should not be limited to Italy, according to the Italian news agency Aki. Since 2017, Italy has been adhering to a strict policy against immigrant rescue ships. The Interior Minister Matteo Salvini had threatened in previous statements to close ports to rescue ships.
December 13, 2018 12:22 UTC
The General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) signed Wednesday a maintenance and purchase contract with the Trucks and Buses Manufacture Company of Tajoura. The contract provides for the maintenance of one hundred and fifty of the GECOL's vehicles, in addition to the purchasing of buses, fire engines, and trucks, starting from next January. The two companies announced that a number of other projects are to be implemented in the coming days.
December 13, 2018 12:19 UTC
The Italian capital Rome hosted Wednesday the 14th session of the "Five plus Five Defence" initiative meeting, which includes Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, and Malta. The meeting discussed several key issues, including building and training support programs, maritime and air surveillance, illegal migration, and development of relief and rescue efforts in the Mediterranean. It should be noted that Libya will assume the presidency of the initiative "Five Plus Five Defence" for the year 2019.
December 13, 2018 12:11 UTC
The Minister of Education Othman Abdul Jalil called on university presidents to prohibit the "unacceptable acts" that accompany the graduation ceremonies inside the universities' premises. In his speech to the university presidents, the minister called for the need to raise awareness on the negative impact of such acts on the reputation of Libyan universities, stressing the importance of adhering to the scientific and administrative norms. Abdul Jalil also called on the heads of universities to take deterrent measures against anyone who performs such acts, which are extraneous to universities.
December 13, 2018 12:00 UTC
The head of the High Council of state (HCS) Khaled al-Mishri, informed Wednesday, the Libyan High National Election Commission (HNEC) the HCS's rejection of the tenth and eleventh amendments approved by the House of Representatives (HoR) on the constitutional declaration. This came during a meeting between Al-Mishri and Chairman of the HNEC Emad Al-Sayeh, in the presence of Chairman of the Follow-up Committee for the implementation of the Political Agreement, Ibrahim Sahad, Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee of the HCS Fathallah Sariri, and Chairman of the Amendment of the Political Agreement Committee Bashir al-Housh. "The meeting held at the HCS's HQ was devoted to clarifying the HCS's position on the referendum law, and the amendments of the HoR to the constitutional declaration, which is plagued by many legal flaws", the Information Office of the HCS stated. Al-MIshri has stated earlier that the Constitutional amendments made by the HoR are plagued by several legal irregularities, considering that the referendum law adopted by the HoR is contrary to the political agreement.
December 13, 2018 10:30 UTC
The head of the Central Committee for the Municipal Councils Elections, Salim bin Tahia, confirmed Wednesday, the start of preparations for the second Local Government Elections in Libya since 2014. "The updating of voters registration for the new municipal elections has commenced on Wednesday in 68 municipalities," Bin Tahia said in a statement Wednesday, adding that the electoral process is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2019. The Central Committee for the Municipal Councils Elections announced on December 5 that about 76 municipal councils in different regions of Libya would conclude its mandate during this year.
December 13, 2018 10:07 UTC
Italy has named Giuseppe Buccino as the new ambassador to Libya to replace Giuseppe Perrone, who will be the new Italian ambassador to Iran, The Italian news agency AKI reportedThe new incumbent was Italy's ambassador in Tripoli between September 2011 and February 2015. Italian Senate urged earlier the Foreign Minister to clarify the stance of Perrone, whether he would be returned to Libya or another ambassador would be appointed. Perrone's leave was justified by Italy as "linked to security purposes" after discomfort broke in Libya over his statements to a local channel about the "right time for elections." Libyans said at the time that Perrone was intervening in domestic affairs. Eastbased Interim Government, Parliament and Khalifa Haftar loyalists all declared Perrone a persona non grata.
December 12, 2018 18:33 UTC
Here is a recap of Wednesday news headlines from The Libya ObserverExchange Rates http://lyo.ly/5acUN delegation expresses readiness to provide full support to UNDP in Libya http://lyo.ly/ci0Kufra Municipal Council confirms release of city's abductees http://lyo.ly/ci1HCS head criticizes political parties for failing to conform to Paris Declaration http://lyo.ly/ci2GECOL: Maintenance work at Khoms station will boost Public power network capacity http://lyo.ly/ci3Mayor of Sharqiyah: South community left to their fate in the absence of any government support http://lyo.ly/ci4Foreign Ministry assign Libyan lawyer to defend Libyan detainees in Italy Libya http://lyo.ly/ci5Education Minister discusses securing educational facilities with relevant ministries http://lyo.ly/ci7Petroleum Facilities Guard deny intention to overtake Oil crescent region http://lyo.ly/ci9Tripoli's former security chief dies of wounds sustained by murder attempt Libya http://lyo.ly/cicLibya's Foreign Minister says has no information for Haftar-Al-Sirraj meeting http://lyo.ly/cifItaly appoints new ambassador to Libya replacing Perrone for security reasons http://lyo.ly/cii
December 12, 2018 18:22 UTC