They also probed the latest developments in Libya and the efforts under way to implement the outputs of the UN-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue and relevant UN Security Council resolutions for Libya's stability and prosperity, Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a statement. Shoukry also invited the Libyan foreign minister to visit Egypt as soon as possible to continue their consultations on the efforts needed to consolidate stability in Libya. Earlier in the day, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi voiced Egypt’s readiness to support Libya as a sisterly country and a nation of strategic depth to Egypt as he met with military officials after the Friday Prayer in Moushir Tantawy Mosque. The president said he also asked the government to prepare databases of the Egyptian companies that can work in Libya, given their experience and competence. Sisi’s remarks come days after Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly signed 11 MoUs with head of the Libyan National Unity Government Abdul Hamid Al-Dabaiba to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various field.
April 24, 2021 15:09 UTC
A decade ago, the Arab Spring shook the Arab World. Tunisia is heralded as the success story of the Arab Spring, having overthrown their President, Ben Ali, with a relative lack of force. In the wake of the Arab Spring, such decisiveness was impossible. The Arab Spring is far from over; voices still call for “Freedom, justice and bread”. A decade after the start of the Arab Spring, countries find themselves in a far worse situation, with little hope of the longed-for democracy and losing the energy to keep fighting.
April 24, 2021 09:00 UTC
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said it is deeply disturbed by reports of a tragic shipwreck off the coast of Libya and fears that this latest incident could have claimed the lives of up to 130 people. The NGO SOS Méditerranée reported that the first distress call was received by authorities on Wednesday morning. SOS Méditerranée and commercial vessels searched the area on Thursday only to discover several bodies floating around the deflated rubber dinghy but no survivors. IOM and UNHCR warn that more migrants and refugees may attempt this dangerous crossing as weather and sea conditions improve and living conditions in Libya deteriorate. UNHCR and IOM reiterate their call on the international community to take urgent steps to end avoidable loss of lives at sea.
April 23, 2021 18:33 UTC
Médecins Sans Frontières is outraged at yet another humanitarian tragedy that occurred earlier today in the central Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast. A shipwreck was witnessed by NGO SOS Mediterranee’s M/V Ocean Viking more than 48 hours after the initial alert was given. Several lifeless bodies were floating at the scene with presumably 130 dead people. “This unacceptable death toll is further proof of the deadly consequences of EU Member States’ policies of non-assistance at sea,” says Ellen van der Velden, MSF’s Operations Manager for Search and Rescue and Libya. “Our thoughts are with the families of those perished at sea and with the team on board the Ocean Viking.”
April 23, 2021 17:03 UTC
Macron's interference in oil-rich Libya was intended to topple the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). However, it is becoming increasingly obvious that he has damaged whatever credibility France might have had as far as Libya is concerned. Macron is simply the latest French president to ignore Déby's corrupt and inhumane rule since he seized power in 1990. With growing opposition from groups like FACT, though, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the French president has made yet another serious miscalculation. Africa is a tough neighbourhood; his double standards will come back to haunt him.
April 23, 2021 16:07 UTC
A deadly shipwreck off the coast of Libya has left no survivors, with 10 dead bodies found within the vicinity of the wreck. According to SOS Mediterranee, three boats had been in distress in international waters off Libya. Their rescue ship, the Ocean Viking, was alerted to the situation by civil hotline Alarm Phone, and they proceeded to search for the boats. Three dead bodies were eventually spotted in the water by a merchant ship, while a Frontex airplane spotted the wreck of a rubber boat soon after. "Since we arrived on scene today, we have not found any survivors while we could see at least ten bodies in the vicinity of the wreck."
April 23, 2021 15:42 UTC
Ministry of Health looking to transform itself into a ‘Smart Ministry’By Sami Zaptia. London, 23 April 2021:Libya’s Health Ministry is looking to develop the country’s health system and transform the Ministry into a ‘‘smart ministry’’ in order to create a unified national digital system that serves the health sector. It added that this advanced health system aims to link all public health institutions into a unified system and link all patients’ data to a unified electronic health file, whose identification base would be the National ID Number and the patient’s personal file. Health Minister Zanati said, “We have to keep pace with the development in the health system, which guarantees the safety of patients and improves the quality of services’’. 2,870 unit Tripoli Smart Youth Housing City project discussed | (libyaherald.com)Medicine dispensing smart card to be launched by eastern Libyan government | (libyaherald.com)Libya’s National Commercial Bank builds first ‘‘smart building’’ in Tripoli | (libyaherald.com)NOC plans to transform Ras Lanuf into Libya’s first ‘Smart City’ | (libyaherald.com)Tripoli ‘‘Smart City’’ project launched | (libyaherald.com)Civil Registry to introduce “Family Smart Card” | (libyaherald.com)
April 23, 2021 13:18 UTC
Economy Ministry following up on completion of e-commerce portal Libya Trade Network (LTNET)By Sami Zaptia. London, 23 April 2021:The Minister of Economy and Trade, Mohamed Hwej, held a meeting with the Chairman of the Libya Trade Network Project (LTNET), Emhemed -Darwish and other relevant heads on Wednesday to discuss the LTNET project work plan and obstacles facing the completion of the project. The unified system hopes to ease the process of trade, documentation and banking, improve the quality of processes, exploiting Libya’s ports capacity, improve trade regionally and internationally and improve e-commerce. Customs, customs clearers, ports, banks and chambers of commerce would all be part of the LTNET system, helping bring Libya closer to paperless commerce and trade procedures and processes. LTNET: Libya Trade Network for better foreign trade transactions | (libyaherald.com)Tripoli introduces electronic import regulation system | (libyaherald.com)
April 23, 2021 12:55 UTC
Libya and Egypt sign telecommunication, technology, and technical training agreementsBy Sami Zaptia. London, 23 April 2021:A high-level Egyptian delegation headed by Amr Talaat Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology visited Libya on Tuesday 20th April 2021. During the visit, a ceremony was held where several agreements were signed between Libya and Egypt in the field of communications, technology, and training. This agreement aims to improve and develop the international border cable between Egypt and Libya, increasing the performance of international telecommunications services by making use of Egypt Telecom’s submarine cables and transferring this traffic to Libya. Technical training and human capacity buildingA third MoU was signed between Mr. Rajab bin Rajab, Director of LPTIC, and Dr. Heba Saleh Ahmed, head of the Egyptian Information Technology Institute.
April 23, 2021 11:51 UTC
Drawing on concrete data and developed with a Green Economy Model, The energy transition as a key driver of the COVID-19 economic recovery in Panama demonstrates that an energy transition based on renewable energies and electrification will contribute to the growth of Panamanian GDP and employment in the short term, with substantial increases in the long run. Of these benefits, 70 per cent correspond to additional gains in real GDP, 26 per cent to additional public income, and 4 per cent to additional labor income. “The transition of the energy sector will require significant investments, as will the recovery from COVID-19. “This work confirms that the proposals included in the energy transition agenda have all the potential to serve as tools for sustainable economic reactivation within the ‘Build Back Better’ vision,” concluded Jorge Rivera Staff, Secretary of Energy of Panama. The report was developed under the leadership of the National Secretariat of Energy and the Ministry of the Environment of Panama, with the support of UNEP and the European Union.
April 23, 2021 11:37 UTC
More than 100 migrants and refugees are feared to have drowned after a rubber boat capsized off the coast of Libya, a rescue charity said, adding there was little hope of finding survivors. The shipwreck was the latest along the Central Mediterranean migration route, where about 350 migrants have died this year. More than 17,000 of those have been on the Central Mediterranean which is described by the UN as the most dangerous migration route in the world. In the years since the uprising, Libya has emerged as the dominant transit point for migrants. An Associated Press investigation revealed the EU sent more than 327.9 million euros ($397.9m) to Libya, largely channelled through UN agencies.
April 23, 2021 08:21 UTC
They expressed “deep concern” about die Location in Chad and watched with interest die Development of events there. They also praised die important role of the late President Idriss Deby in achieving security and stability in the region and its contribution to the fight against terrorist groups. Chad and Niger, signed in N’Djamena on May 31, 2018. The assassination of President Idriss DebyAnd announced on the first Tuesday die Chadian army at the death of President Idriss Déby Itno who was fighting at the weekend die Rebels in the north of the country had been injured at the front. And Chadian mercenary troops have been around for years in a number of Libyan regions, in particular in Southern and central Libya, in action, and UN reports confirmed their participation in the armed conflict in the country.
April 23, 2021 02:48 UTC
Tripoli, Apr 23 (UNI) Around 130 asylum seekers are feared dead after a rubber boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, SOS Mediterranee, non-governmental organisation, said on Thursday. The crew of the Ocean Viking had to witness the devastating aftermath of the shipwreck of a rubber boat north east of Tripoli. This boat had been reported in distress with around 130 people onboard on Wednesday morning," SOS Mediterranee said in a statement. The charity is a European, maritime-humanitarian organisation for the rescue of life at sea, currently operating in the Mediterranean sea in international waters north of Libya. A Frontex airplane spotted the wreck of a rubber boat soon after.
April 23, 2021 01:51 UTC
New York, Apr 22 (EFE) .- The price of intermediate oil in Texas (WTI) closed this Thursday with a rise of 0.1%, to 61.43 dollars, despite concerns about the increase in cases of covid -19 in India and Japan and its impact on demand. At the end of trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex), WTI futures contracts for June delivery totaled 8 cents compared to the close of the previous day. Inventories rose 594,000 barrels to 493 million, according to the Energy Information Administration, while surveys pointed to a 3 million drop. Investors also viewed with some pessimism the worsening pandemic in India, the world’s third-largest oil consumer, and the possibility of restrictions in Japan, the fourth. Attention is also turning to the OPEC + meeting on April 28, as the oil cartel said it would start increasing supply from May.
April 23, 2021 00:22 UTC
The SOS Méditerranée’s ship, Ocean Viking, as well as merchant vessels, headed to the area and found no survivors, but at least 10 bodies. “Today, after hours of search, our worst fear has come true,’’ said Luisa Albera, search and rescue coordinator aboard Ocean Viking. “The crew of the Ocean Viking had to witness the devastating aftermath of the shipwreck of a rubber boat north-east of Tripoli. However, it said all the European authorities rejected responsibility to coordinate the search operation and instead pointed at the Libyan authorities as the “competent” authorities. “Things need to change.”On Wednesday, the Ocean Viking spent all day searching for another vessel carrying about 40 people with no success.
April 22, 2021 22:49 UTC