UK consultants this week re-entered Libya on a trade mission as a Libyan government official told a London conference that the country would honour Gaddafi-era construction and engineering contracts.
Trade “crucial for stability”
Representatives from Arup, Mott MacDonald and Amec travelled on the trade mission on Monday with trade minister Lord Green to meet National Transitional Council (NTC) ministers to talk about rebuilding.
“We completely understand that the immediate priority for the Libyan authorities is restoring security and meeting humanitarian needs; and we fully support them in that,” said Green. “But we also know that getting the Libyan economy up and running is a crucial factor in achieving political progress and stability”.
“The international community, including British businesses, can play a role in Libya’s reconstruction and my visit today is a chance to discuss with the NTC their priorities for the coming days and months.”
In London, NTC UK representative Guma El Gamaty told the “Libya − The Future” conference that infrastructure reconstruction would be a priority ahead of elections in eight month time.
“I think the reconstruction is going to be immediate,” he said.
“We are not going to wait for three months because people will not have patience and they will demand that their houses, the roads, the schools and the offices will have to be rebuilt now.