Libya’s planning and reconstruction strategies were discussed at a series of workshops organised by Libyan Ministry of Planning and KEO International Consultants this week.
KEO, a Mena based project management, planning, design and engineering firm, was invited by the ministry to jointly sponsor and organize the two day event titled ‘Building a New Free Libya’.
The event, held in tripoli on March 19 and 20, focused on immediate and long term physical priorities of the country.
Libyan Prime Minister Dr Abdul Rahiem El Keib attended the morning session of the event and gave an introductory speech to welcome over 250 guests that included ministers, government officials as well as senior leaders involved in the reconstruction of the country.
Minister of Planning Dr Issa Al Twaijer opened the workshop with a presentation on Libya’s history in development planning and the challenges faced.
Dr Al Twaijer also unveiled the ministry's road-map on how future developments will be managed.
KEO experts presented management and procurement approaches that have been adopted successfully in various GCC countries with an in-depth analysis of lessons learned on mega projects as case-studies. KEO compared key development challenges that Libya will face to those experienced in the incredible growth of GCC countries over the last decade.
This is the first such event since the liberation of Libya where the attention was entirely devoted to the government’s initiation of transparent methods to restart planning and construction projects in Libya.
The workshop included sessions on the difficult task of addressing the thousands of existing contracts suspended as a result of the revolution and prioritising projects for implementation.
A delegation of top executives from KEO’s technical divisions led the workshop seminars during day-two of the event, topics included a focus on Program Management Services, Urban and Master Planning, Infrastructure Master Planning, Wastewater Planning and Contract Administration.
“We are honoured to have been invited into such a forum by the Ministry of Planning in Libya, at such an important time in Libya’s history.” stated Donna Sultan, CEO of KEO.
“We took very seriously what we felt was our mission in the workshop, to add meaningfully to the dialogue of what Libya will eventually decide as the most appropriate strategies for managing future project delivery cycles. In preparing for the workshop in Tripoli, we had to draw deeply into KEO’s extensive Mena and GCC experience in delivery of projects in the past 50 years,” Sultan said.
(Source: Trade Arabia)