What’s Your Advice to Libya?

If you’re a regular reader of Libya Business News, you’ll know all about the opportunities available in sectors such as oil and gas, and infrastructure.

You’ll also be aware of the sorts of challenges facing the country.

But if you could change just three things about Libya, what would they be? As the new cabinet is set to be announced, what three pieces of advice would you give to improve Libya?

We'd love to read your opinions in the Comments section below.

95 Responses to What’s Your Advice to Libya?

  1. Michael A Raphael, PhD, PE 4th September 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    An all heartedly welcome to the new Libya!
    (1st piece of advice) Develop and implement a serious strategic plan for the reconstruction of the country's oil and gas sector in particular, and the infrastructure in general across the board, on the basis of,
    (2nd piece of advice) sound and transparent management system principles and concepts across all aspects of the public and private sectors, by using,
    (3rd piece of advice) qualified consultants in the field who are versed in the Arabic culture and speak its language and understand its aspirations and dilemmas….
    These three advices integrated together constitute a must to help the new Libya avoid the proliferation of corruption and partisanships, and most importantly to help in building the internal capacities of the young generations to come, by preserving their cultural heritage so dear to all Libyans.
    It is unfortunate that similar programs were being undertaken by a sister Arab state under deep turmoil at present, but never saw the light when troubles took over (at the level of the 3rd piece of advice).
    Michael A Raphael, PhD, PE
    Good Luck Libya!

    • MARY AM PUFF 8th March 2013 at 1:19 pm #

      Exactly right M A Raphael, Phd.
      LIbya needs a Strategic Plan (by global leadership firm, McKinsey and/or BCG, will by default include transparency and qualified consultants, points #2 and #3).
      McKinsey was retained by Saif al Islam and therefore, by some unreflective govt officials considered 'tainted', but that is total nonsense of course in any professional opinion.
      Go LIBYA!
      MaryAM Puff, CEO PARISii Holding LLC

      • Ahmed 14th March 2013 at 12:50 am #

        Hi there

        I read Mary AM Puff's comment. I liked it. I tried to read more about what she does but I could not find her website. Any idea.


        • MARY AM PUFF 14th March 2013 at 5:55 pm #

          Ahmed, Thanks very much for your kind words: my bio on website is also in Arabic on our Team page.

          I invest in best-in-class new ventures in high tech, across sectors, finance with partners around the globe; wrap global teams around them (inviting New Libya to join me now, especially the inspirational new generation which will leapfrog this economy into world prominence if given the chance by the govt, which I hope will partner with me in creating a "Libyan Silicon Sahara Wadi" here--I am convinced and invested); and develop powerful strategy to launch them to make the world a better place. Here in Tripoli again, urging Ministers to move more like a strategic falcon, invest in young entrepreneurs, and let Libya blossom.
          GO LIBYA!

          • ahmed 14th March 2013 at 6:41 pm #

            Dear Mrs. Puff

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      • Teresa 11th July 2013 at 7:04 am #

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    • Capt. Ingo Freudenberg 1st August 2018 at 8:54 am #

      What Libya need:
      2. Safe environment for all Libyens
      3. Jobs for all Libyens
      4. More assistance from Europe and the whole world, NOT ONLY TALKING.

      If this above (4) points can be established, sooner than later, Libya and the Libyens have
      a great future.

    • ali alywa 16th April 2019 at 12:51 pm #

      join the army in his struggle against the malishas and the italian invadors

  2. Philip J Hodkinson 4th September 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Having spent some time in Libya during May, I found a distinct feeling of freedom in the people I met.
    Firstly everyone I met wants the rule of law to be maintained by a non military force as soon as possible.

    As the economy rebuilds and new businesses start to evolve; To develop a National Vocational programme of training for everyone post 16 or after leaving school, as an alternative and addition to university.

    Faster improvements to the countries infrastructure, including internet access and transportation.

    All these are from the people on the ground there, that I discussed things with.
    From my own observations there are indeed many things to be done but I would agree that these 3 are of major importance, countrywide.
    They are also 3 significant influences on national cohesion as they reflect the views of all the Provinces I visited.
    It is interesting that the Arabic states that have already gone down this route have had no troubles during the last 3 difficult years.

    Phil Hodkinson
    Greys College Principal

  3. Denis 4th September 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Make it easier to have a foreign-owned business in Libya. instead of making it a requirement to be part-owned by libyans, make it a requirement to employ a percentage of libyans. this would help investment move into the country.

    • Kimberly Jones 26th September 2012 at 1:27 am #

      Libya is a country of six million people. Without the protection of part-ownership, there is a fear (and likely valid one) that Libya would quickly be run by foreigners. The people of Libya just spent over 40 years being run by a ruthless dictator. They are not ready to be run by a bunch of foreign enterprises. In the spirit of cooperation, foreign enterprises must be willing to come to Libya and partner in good faith with Libyans. The intent must be to take advantage of the opportunity and TEACH the Libyan partner to be a good business partner. Some may have been educated outside of Libya and be well versed in business practices. But most might need coaching in the ways of the business world outside of Libya. In the end this mutually beneficial relationship will reap benefits beyond what you might have imagined.

      Kimberly Jones, The Global Attitude

      • Anwar Kadoum 28th December 2015 at 11:53 am #

        Hi Kimberly
        I agree with the analysis that you posted on September 26th 2012. However from a political point of view there's a need to stabilize the political situation by all parties involved in the power struggle to agree on selection and installing a transitional unity government to maintain security and start laying the political, democratic foundations and start building the economy by investing in education, training and development in all kinds of disciplines especially for young people and more importantly getting rid of corruption or at least reducing it to minimal levels. thank you

  4. Janan Al-Asady 4th September 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Protect the country's sovereignty and maintain the requirement of local participation in key business sectors. Ensure that Libyan nationals are employed in key industries, educated and trained for high level positions to protect the economy.

    Revise key legislation to ensure that the government maintains control over natural resources. Monitor the terms of oil agreements. Use natural resource revenue for the reconstruction and investment in the economy.

    Also, find out what the real demands of the local Libyans are and encourage their participation in the political process.

    • nagma hbiesh 8th June 2013 at 10:26 am #

      thankxx Janan
      yes, indeed we need all of these requirments to bulid libyan economy as we would be.

  5. Hal-Luke Savas 11th September 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    My first and foremost advice for Libya is to start a serious training programme for young and middle age Libyans in various disciplines, including technical and mechanical, HRM and HRD, Management etc., There is nothing more powerful than to have indigenous population running the country. Libya must make this investment a top priority next to petrochemicals.

    I wish I can help Libya on above point!

    [email protected]

    • Philip J Hodkinson 12th September 2012 at 10:33 am #

      I totally agree with you Hal-Luke. I am in the process of offering to advise the government in setting up this process, for I have many years experience in doing so in other countries.

      • Hal-Luke Savas 12th September 2012 at 11:13 am #

        Hi Philip,
        I have made a similar start-up in Saudi Arabia, delivering 2 British MBA programmes there and I saw the difference it made on the Saudi trainees and candidates (having trained just over 1500 trainees in various forms results were exceptional) so I see no difference for the Libyan candidates!!
        All the best for Libya where I first worked nearly 30 years ago and have fond memories and still have fine friends there!!

        • Phil Hodkinson 17th September 2012 at 11:31 am #

          Hi Hal.
          coincidence? I was out there back in 1974 as a mechanical engineer with GEC,testing pipeline welders.

  6. Joe 14th September 2012 at 10:13 am #

    The most important advice to Libya is to pay the Libyan workers a decent salary for a better life.

    This would help the younger and middle aged workers to prepare themselves to work while at the same time it would help them in a better family upbringing.

  7. Kimberly Jones 25th September 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    I have been working with a few Benghazi companies as a consultant to help them organize their companies to compete in the tender business. As there are many projects and services being purchased right in Benghazi, it only makes sense that there would be some effort to at least be fair to the Benghazi business owner in the tender process.

    However, it is clear that the pre-revolution "old boys network" lives on. It is important for Libya to put an immediate stop to the corruption in the tender process. Small businesses should be given a percentage of government tenders as a set aside in all areas as a way to promote growth. Growth in small businesses directly correlates to job creation.

    I challenge the National Assembly and the leaders of the Ministries to take bold steps to protect the sparks of democracy, but also fair enterprise.

  8. Zeki Kaya 8th October 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    A master plan on the main pillars of economy has to be prepared and privatization program should start from main industries having major impact on economic growth and employment. Oil and gas sector, energy and distribution,water,industries should be placed on notice board to attract FDI. Port Capacity has to be expanded and Landlord Port model should be applied. Airports must be privatized.

  9. wally Kabbara 4th December 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Dear Libyan Authorities,

    AS Arab Lebanese, We lived in the situation what are in now !
    I am not politician but I am professional Automation Engineer. Mr Rafiq Al-Hariri ex-Prime minister of Lebanon did a smart thing by collecting all young people who were carrying a Gun and send abroad to gain education for this way he made battle ground empty from fighters this why the civil war between 1975 - 1990 stopped !

    I am willing to train people who to take their Power utilities, refineries,and so forth.

    I did Saudization at Saudi Electricity Company and I am able to do the same in Libya !

    AS you know country without infrastructural build completely from at least electricity and water could face big problems.

    All What I can say God help Libyan people !

    My phone 966 50 247 4213

    Good Luck !

    Wally Kabbara

  10. abdalla 21st February 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Libya is for libyans only,, we decide what to do without any foriegn intervention,,, all foriegners must look after their countries only.

    • Phil Hodkinson 22nd February 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      Abdalla. I totally agree with you. However, since the dictator has gone, all people in positions of authority or who have to make decisions are new to the job.
      Without help they will make many mistakes. There are many friends who are willing to help without seeking to make an advantage.

    • Zsolt 4th February 2015 at 8:32 am #

      Abdalla, it is very important, that Libya remains independent. Intervention and suggestion are in my opinion not the same. Good luck. Zsolt

  11. wally Kabbara 22nd February 2013 at 3:08 am #

    Dear Libyan People,

    First of all we give advise to Libyan because as an Arab citizen we love to see Libya in great shape !

    My advise is engaging Libyan to rebuild thier country.

    Start building in infrastructural like roads, schools, water and electricity and so on...

    I am willing to help and be part of rebuilding and I am from Tripoli Lebanon,but living in California.

    Check my profile at LinkedIn to know more about my background !

    I hope all Libyans live in Love and Peace !


  12. Dr S.P.Bindra 13th May 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Libya needs to follow the road map to rebuild the country given in UNCSD Rio+20 report by me as a principal resource person. Libya must respect international human rights, rule of law and end hypertension due to widespread discrimination in Libyan universities & graduate Academies as reflected in WHO day April l7, 2013. Libya must respect with justice and dignity all foreigners legally invited to serve Libya. There is widespread exploitation of foreigners by both government & private sector employers. Cowboy mentality to treat foreigner as slaves by not paying them salaries, keeping their passport to save taxes, insurance & no pension to long term employees must be resolved since Libya is a UN member state.

  13. Dr S.P.Bindra 13th May 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Recent Isolation law by Parliament must be debated by GNC & given to international bodies like UN for advice. By removing everyone in managerial position means all other Libyan too are impacted and affected. Every Libyan is and was interdependent. It is not only the manager but also the subordinates and the silent Libyan who tolerated the misdeeds. All the employees are equally the partners in so called corruption by people in power. This means not half million managers as estimated by Dr Geibrel but all the 6 million Libyans by default will be removed. Advice is implement best practices in peace making, peace keeping & peace building through reconciliation, forgiveness & integration as advocated in number of initiatives & Rio+20 UNCSD Report for sustainable livelihood by me in New free Libya.

  14. Philip Hodkinson 13th May 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    I fully agree Dr Bindra.
    Lots of honest people had to work with the previous regime, whether they liked it or not. To "tar them all with the same brush" is rather extreme, although understandable, given the pressures the new government is under, by the many factions remaining outside official control.
    Because there is no definitive government line on many issues, this legitimises claims from these sections of Libyan society, who feel that even after the war, little has changed at the top.
    Time heals a lot of things but security and a clear leadership from government are what is surely needed now.
    Tribal and geographical argument, must start to take a back seat if The New Libya is to take it's place as a fast growing global economy.
    I wish them wisdom in all their enterprises.

  15. Maher Megdiche 5th June 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Hello Every body:
    I'm Maher from Tunisia, new in Tripoly as Mechanical Engineer.
    After a period of 2 months, I will give sample advice as an Arabic & Muslim:
    1st Advice: Education review & improvement.
    2nd Advice: Medicine study with an advanced point of view.
    3rd Advice: Islamic Economy strategy to be followed.

    As Libya ground is reach from god's black gold, It's for citizens to recover & by 3 above advice, all TARGETS should be met.

    Good Luck Libyans
    Maher Megdiche
    Mechanical Engineer.

    • Christian Kuepper 11th April 2015 at 1:39 pm #


      the CIA has sent people to NorthAfrica in 2005 to start the "program" destabilization ....danish aircrafts held training in Southern Italy to move to libya....everything was planned....no arab spring.....CIA destabilization to secure natural resources....so guys drop the weapons and stop shooting....does not lead anywhere, what you are doing....no bullets, and there is peace in one week....all these comments here are useless...libyans are well educated but never worked....oil flows anyway...Qaddafi was the key....to stable state ....CIA intended to kill him, since he wanted to sell the oil in LYD so he was on the kill list.....and the funny thing is.....all eqipment in the oilfields are of US Origin....how to change now ? and also funny...the GOLD belonging to lIBYA is stored in USA Banks.....which war is that ?

      • Jezy 12th July 2017 at 10:39 am #

        Très bonne analyse CIA et Sarkozy il devrait être poursuivi pour crimes ...
        Et surtout aujourd'hui 2017 la situation est de pire en pire

  16. Dr S.P.Bindra 6th June 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Think Eat & Save is a World Environment Day June 5, 2013 message which is being advocated every where in Libya for not only to help conserve our resources and protect our environment but also to build an economy that is competitive, that has good GDP and with low inflation and low unemployment. This is a formidable challenge for a country passing through a “critical period” wherein security at present is the single most important issue confronting the country.Let me give you an eye witness account. Two days ago I saw how a Libyan in his car is robbed on the road in the broad day light with over 9000 Dinars. Today early morning three Libyan youngsters enter in a tourist camp in Tajoura start banging doors, harass and rob foreign doctors. Eight security guards are not on duty.

  17. Dr S.P.Bindra 9th June 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Recent Survey from respondents as stakeholder shows that isolation law is a great opportunity to get rid of incompetent Gadafi loyalists Deans/Heads at Universities/Libyan Academies to enhance the image of higher centers of learning in the country. Recommendation is that make sure that new deans/university/academy presidents are stars and know English language to enhance professional image enhancement. Ministry of Higher Education must learn from the past mistakes when new presidents without experience and training were recruited because of their only qualification of being in the prison during last regime. They were not Nobel laureate Nelson Mendela - a prisoner to president. They were surrounded by previous clever Deans & Heads who by sweat talks & caucus ditch them to commit human rights abuses and discrimination and ruined further the image of Libyan higher education. Crimes committed include gross human rights abuses like not paying salaries, no insurance, holding their foreigners passport with no visa, no family, no holidays & not even subsistence. Discriminating, cheating and telling lies that new law of no age bar is only for Libyans. No system and no respect for the contracts and agreements signed by previous presidents. Allowing their friends full time faculty members to draw many salaries by part time jobs using "you scratch my back & I scratch you back" nepotism & favoritism. Allowing so called numerous revolutionaries without qualification to teach in universities/Libyan academies by replacing with long term serving foreign academia. Treating foreign academia fraudulently as cooperation staff without visa and without salaries.

    Recommendation by respondents to minister of higher education is to lead by example by intervention to restore the image of the higher centers of learning by good practices in reputed centers of excellence in learning abroad. As rightly said by Prime Minister deal with cow boy mentality heads with steal hands. Follow the advice of Hon Dr Mehdi A. Agnaia Planning Minister by recruiting the right people with right skills. Restore the image of the country by paying full time salaries to expert foreign faculty members & compensate them for human right abuses and discrimination. Send all the low or no qualified Libyan academic staff for higher education. End the corruption of paying many salaries and overtime payments to some and not paying at all even the pension or subsistence to long time serving foreign professor who faced bombings & burning and still assisted like hero the country during Libyan crisis . Equip Libyan academies with state of the art laboratories before allowing them to train postgraduate students any more longer. Universities/ High Graduate Academies must be pump house of knowledge and originality. New presidents/Deans/Heads must be experienced stars in the field and kept on probation after training in English language and best management practices at proven Civil administrative centers of excellence in UK/India etc.

  18. MOHAMMED 13th June 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I'm one of lerco employees and i advice libya to cut this investment
    becase as we know lerco start in year 2009 and the revelution begun in 2011 so there are three years why they not devolpe the refinery
    the only take the product and sall as the same we the refinary was libyan??. pleas can some one answer my quetion

  19. Cem Muratoglu 16th July 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Libya must perform 3 items only;

    1- Solve security problems: Libya is not like Palestine or Iraq, it is easy to solve small issues.

    2- Monetary Aid for families: For every family, Libya can give 2500 LD and this amount is not too big for Libya's budget.

    3- Inviting the foreigner companies: Nearly 1.5 million person was working on foreigner companies. If government pays for the companies, most of the money will return Libyan market and houses.

    • Adam 8th July 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      If you have a population with poor levels of education and discipline at work. Do you want to give them LD 2500 to do nothing. Sorry but Libyans are smart and they need to work hard and show it. We should be striving to be like Norway not UAE or Qatar.

      Libyan companies are capable of building the country's infrastructure and perhaps using foreign expertise and labour.

  20. jasper 30th August 2013 at 8:31 am #

    RULE1.use your money to your own people,,,how amnesty and reward....libyan needs finacial care ,,,,they have everything in term of money,,,,dont look to far, the answer is already there ....dont invite expat.workers if you did not follow rule #1 to prevent jealousy......the libyan need s FINANCIAL CARE and TRUSTcoming from the GOVERMENT
    How ?use BASIC TOOLS....i aready studied this problem for 12 years inshallah the libyan gov't see this....i love libyans (bakbakah)

    • nagma 9th September 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      jasper could give me more a details about the solution, which is mentioned in above comment?
      my email:
      [email protected]

  21. Mouammer Ghriera 3rd September 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Libyan needs a good level of Education, Education and Education .

  22. Joseph M. Cachia 10th September 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    In all humility, may I submit my sincere feelings:

    i) stop hunting, chasing and molesting any ex-Ghaddafi supporters
    In every community, there are good and bad people. Hunt and punish the bad ones the criminals, irrespective of their support for any political affiliation. You are all LIBYANS.

    ii) ensure decent and due payment to all deserving workers and families. Unless this is heartily implemented, there will remain unrest, albeit rightfully. Hunger will not let the body and spirit rest.

    iii) avoid, at all costs, foreign interference (sometimes shrouded under the false humanitarian face). Be vigilant on all attempts of greed. This is YOUR country, be proud that YOU administer it.

    and finally,
    (very important for Libyan unification)

    iv) do not shun ALL that has been achieved under the previous (Ghaddafi)administration. If there is anything not applicable any more or harmful to the people, just discard it, but whatever served the people should be kept and even improved on. Not ALL was bad.

    With sincere best wishes for a peaceful future.

    Joseph M. Cachia
    (ex-contributor to 'The Tripoli Post')

    • Kimberly Jones 18th February 2014 at 2:44 pm #

      @Joseph ... Good advice that should be considered carefully, however, #iii is a bit concerning. Libya does need some external help (not a takeover). You can see my other comments that similarly focus on this topic within this same string.

      I believe the comment about Ghaddafi supporters is important. Over 42 years there were people that supported Gaddafi for many reasons, but most because there wasn't any other way. These people were good people as Joseph said and should be welcomed into the New Libya. If not there will always be unrest.

  23. ADHamburg 7th November 2013 at 8:13 am #

    First of all, I sincerely wish the Libyan nation and it´s people the wisdom to overcome small-minded differences between different clans and any religious interests.
    In this context my belief is, that religion, (whichever, it does not matter!) should be kept out of running a state and a nation.
    Religion has brought too much mishap over too many people worldwide!

    Secondly there must be a uncompromising monopoly of the Libyan state for the use force with or without weapons.
    The uncounted weapons that are still circulating freely, must be collected and only police and military should be allowed to carry weapons (and hopefully use them as seldom as possible!).

    Thirdly the Libyans must either formulate themselves a strategy for the different fields of interest about how to develop it in order to bring forward their state or their communities.
    An example is infrastructure, where all too often it is said "we want this and we want that", but without presenting a clear definition of the goals or without explaining how certain important and basic parameters of the goals are defined.
    If there are no experts available in Libya, then the Libyans have to accept, that foreign experts, if asked, are not giving away their knowhow for free, but ask to be renumerated. I found repeatedly, that this seems absolutely not to be the case.

    Good Luck Libya, you could be the Dubai of North-Africa!!!

  24. Abdul 16th November 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    My advise to the Libyan government wright now is to hire military contractors (X marines seals and green parades )to dis arm all these people with arms that the government can not do.

  25. Philip Hodkinson 18th November 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    That would be one solution Abdul, however, it has not been very successful elsewhere in the past as it brings in other factions with their own agenda, looking for an excuse to become involved.

    The regime for the removal of weapons must lie with the Libyan government. A voluntary process initially, followed by a process of increasing penalties for non compliance, within a given timescale.
    This solution requires, of course,a higher standard of government controlled security, in the form of an independant national police force and new armed forces.
    Many of these could be, with the right training, formed from the melishia groups, to cover their individual areas.
    This process had been started last year, but I have heard little of the outcome yet.

  26. Khaled 17th December 2013 at 8:15 am #

    More than 20 Million of weapons are in the hands of the public, and the majority of them are in the hands of Militias specially the big Guns.
    a strong determined government can disarm most of these arms from these Militias, but to do that the government has to upgrade its military and police skills, to the latest technology with the support of secret services, and external Training support
    but most important you can only disarm guns is with guns!
    I wish the best for Libya and its people who has suffered for decades, and still suffering, although with its natural resources and small population less the 6MM they can be living luxury life and not have to worry about any of these issues they are facing now.

  27. abraham 11th February 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Libya should learn how to live together in peace first.Easier said than done. Until this happens people will continue to consume each other in jungle laws,corruption and fears in kaos.

    Only long digestion periods of universal values,then an open sociaty respectfull of human rights and environment will starts flourish slowly but surely in the next century hopefully.
    Unavoidably in the process the new era politicians and their collaborators will continue to fill up their wallets.

    Rules of nature in effect here:
    1-Capital accumulation for an eventual liberal economy can only happen with tears and bloods of ordinary citizens for long periods,
    2-People seek self-esteem after full confidence for their basic food needs and for their secure future,
    3-Cultures can not can create an open sociaty with liberal economy men learn to treat woman equally. Only this can break the chains on the intellectual development of children and the sociaty.

  28. Dr Satya P.Bindra 18th February 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    UNCSD Rio+20 Focal Point Future Libya wants urges Libyan government to respect international, regional, multilateral & bilateral agreements. We are all connected be it a Libyan or foreigner from the same source. We must respect and accept every one with same rights. Foreigners too are human beings with human rights. As UN member state Libya must settle the cases of foreigners invited as experts by giving them salaries with dignity and no discrimination.

  29. Jack Perez 18th March 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    Libyan current caretaker or helpless government must act swiftly and diplomatically by negotiations to incorporate the angry rebels group of Mr Jartan from East of Libya that are holding hostage the oil export ports which is causing Libyan citizens billions in losses. Tripoli Government must recognize that without the help of these rebels on ground and AIR POWER of the USA there was no way to get rid of Ghadafi now that Libya is free from dictatorship it must not be separated into groups which eventually lead into civil war like Syria, Egypt, Tunis and even Ukraine revolutions are good example for not being able to negotiate and accommodate. Libyan government is making a blunder mistake by not entering into negotiations and giving the east Libyan citizens there fair share of oil revenues such ignorance can cause the country to split. Libyan must not forget their true supporters and helpers which is USA and should always give special respect and consideration to USA companies and contractors working in Libya the recent turmoil of North Korean tanker stealing Libyan oil was intercepted by US NAVY SEALS because Libyan Navy was not able to takeover the tanker when it left the port of Libya in defiance.

  30. ali elgoul 19th March 2014 at 10:01 am #

    The first priority must be (( to work on rearranging the internal house ))

  31. Philip Hodkinson 24th March 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    All of this more recent comment is true in parts. However,as I have said before. whichever government is in place, the need for security and cohesion is paramount.
    Any government will have to do this, whatever the initial cost, but must bring in help from outside. The US sorting the ship problem out is an example. Certain countries from Europe, Mainly UK and to some extent France were at the front in assisting in the fight for freedom from the dictator.
    These countries are waiting, willing to help, without seeking to gain an advantage over Libya. A modern, free and well governed Libya is all that they ask.

    • Dr Satya P.Bindra 28th March 2014 at 11:49 am #

      A modern, free and well governed Libya plan can and must be prepared and implemented using international good practices including UN support to ensure that it is a win-win for both Libyans and foreigners since we live in one, common and interdependent world.

  32. Kawai 1st April 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    1. Bring all tribal groups together under one roof and discuss how oil revenues can be shared between various groups.
    2. Create a sovereign oil fund (like Norway) for those rainy days.
    3. After points 1 and 2 done, money and power is shared, probably a good idea to ask all tribal groups to return all the weapons.

    ***Request gold instead of US dollar for your precious oil!****

    Good luck to Libya!

    • Philip Hodkinson 16th April 2014 at 9:55 am #

      Special accounts like which you describe are how other Gulf states have controlled their money. By putting only 2 people responsible for it has also curtailed corruption.

      Ah! the gold standard. Many western economies could take a lesson here. Since many moved from the gold standard, ie only printing money to value of the gold stocks they held, many unscrupulous (greedy) bankers/governments, have just printed more money, devaluing the whole system and making millions slaves to credit.
      It should also be noted that both the US Federal reserve and the Bank of England are private banks and not owned by the state.

    • Nagma 9th September 2014 at 5:43 pm #

      dear Kawal
      could you give me a wide explain OF how to do that for requesting Gold instead of US dollar?
      your last notice is very catchy and crucial. i heard that Qadaffei was planing to do that for related the Libyan currency with a gold not with US dollar.

  33. local 23rd April 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    Dear Sir,
    if you want this articls to be heard by libyan nationes then it must be written or translated in arabic so let also libyan give thier comment in arabic, have a part in facebook let see the responce.

    libya now in transition period requires order low implementatoins special libyaqn squad force to interven when needed, it requires american intervine by good advise , it requires appach helicupter to operate , it requires heavy guns located, it requires forien consulate and empacies embasadors to file stronge truthful word to thier othoirties , it requires ownest libyan leaders, it requires 50th of age qualified personal to rool the country and many more.
    wrong intervine well couse more harm than help bad subjects must located and isolated .


  34. Philip Hodkinson 1st July 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    I agree mr Local, it would be a good idea to present these outsider comments in Arabic if only to show many Libyans that there are people outside Libya who are concerned about them and Libya and who wish them well, to become a well and honestly governed state who can become very influential to re establishing security and peace for the whole area.

  35. Dr Satya P.Bindra 7th July 2014 at 7:50 am #

    UNCSD Rio+20 Focal Point Libya wants that Libya Business News editor to follow up the suggestions with relevant government and NGOs and regularly reports the progress to demonstrate that democracy is functioning. There is no place for abduction, blockades and barriers. People want to know that outcome of dialogue and debate. They are interested to know how many issues related to non payment of salaries are settled by dialogue both for Libyans and foreigners alike. For example go to high academic centers like universities, academies and ministry of higher education to find out that how many Libyans and specially foreigners are suffering from years of non payment of salaries. This is an issue of human right abuses which must be resolved and settled without any discrimination as a matter of urgency in the spirit of holy month of Ramadan.

  36. Dr Satya P.Bindra 7th July 2014 at 8:11 am #

    UNCSD Rio+20 Foocal Point Libya urges the new cabinet to follow Modi of India by adopting and adapting minimum government and maximum governance. Education system must be reformed on war footing basis using skill, scale and speed to open up private sector i.e SMEs for giving enhancing employ-ability to youth i.e the new age power of Libya. The focus must be on outcome and not the outlays in budget.

  37. jasper 6th September 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Libyan Goverment must BUY GUNs and Bullets to LIBYAN people,,,no.1 AGENDA of HoR ,priority to collect armaments to libyan people b4 anything else,,,,.......dont look too far the answer is already there ....

  38. Dr Satya P.Bindra 8th September 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Wheels of change to democracy development, and peace must be fast moving! From quick decision making to concrete action to disarm & integrate on the ground level, from improved security to protection of human rights for enhanced productivity to Libya's stature on the world stage must increase.

  39. Dr Satya P.Bindra 9th September 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    Libya must respect and end discrimination in matter of payments to foreigners. Not paying to UNCSD Rio+20 Focal Point that has sponsored tens of Libyan researchers in conferences and oflate guiding & supervising eight Libyans for doctoral positions in EU & Italy even the salary is a violation of human rights. It is shameful that now some UK colleges and universities are also complaining that fees are not being paid. An unpaid flight school is on the verge of terminating the teaching and accommodation of its Libyan students and sending them home.

    • Jasmine 9th September 2014 at 5:45 pm #

      Dear Satya
      did you have an evidence for that, pleas if you have send it to me?

      • P.Hodkinson 10th September 2014 at 10:57 am #

        Jasmin. I have no evidence of this but in another way it is indicative as to what has happened to us.
        I have on 4 occasions signed agreements with different ministries,on proposals to deliver training to meet their requirements.
        After no contact for a couple of weeks, I find that the person I was dealing with is no longer there, or has been moved.
        The time spent preparing this type of proposal is costly,yet there is no way of retrieving it under the present conditions.
        I would suggest that, rather than just not paying, the people responsible seem to have little influence in what is happening because of the massive change that it would appear, is occurring on a weekly basis.

  40. Dr Satya P.Bindra 14th September 2014 at 8:47 am #

    We have all the evidences and submitted copies to Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research. Number of Libyan beneficiaries have requested for meetings & expressed their anger on Libyan Ministry of Higher Education Facebook.

  41. Dr Satya P.Bindra 16th September 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    Here is copy of a last week facebook of Libyan Ministry of Higher Education

    نتوجه بجزيل الشكر الى السيد الدكتور البروفسور بيندرا الذى ساعدنا فى تقديم العديد من الاوراق العلمية فى عديد الدول منها على سبيل المثال تركيا واسبانيا وبلغاريا وماليزيا ، ودعمه الان لنا لتحضير درجة الدكتوراة فى الاتحاد الاوربى وايطاليا ، وانه من غير المعقول ان نبقى بدون دعم من التعليم العالى لاكمال درجة الدكتوراة وان يبقى مثل هذا البروفسور بدون اى مرتب حتى الان !!!! عامر محمد بالاشهر-سالم ابو ليفة-خليفة حمودة -عبد المعطى زريبة -السنوسى استاتة -حسين بن سالم الريانى - فتحى الكونى الخ

  42. Moha Saadi 2nd October 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    Libya does not need an advice. Libya needs whoever interferes in their internal political settlements to stay away and leave the Libyan alone to decide. Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and specially Egypt are interfering and supplying militants with weapons to escalate the situation.

    • P. Hodkinson 3rd October 2014 at 10:13 am #

      I understand how you feel Moha.
      Although I have not been back to Libya since 2012 I am in daily contact with friends there.
      You are partly right in what you say, (check my comment from last November) However Libya does need help in many other ways than military. The infrastructure is not there yet to speed a peaceful transition from the dictator. This is where the help is needed.
      Because the people who did these jobs when Ghaddafi was in power have gone, those that are in positions of authority now, are still learning by their mistakes, frustrating the population and fuelling unrest. Once Civil authority is regained, progress will be made.

  43. Dr Satya P.Bindra 3rd October 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    UNCSD Rio+20 Focal Point Libya urges the need to clean the coastal areas, roads and streets from ever increasing piles of garbage in Libya, it is necessary to see that where this garbage will go. As the waste dumps are undefined to dump and we need lots to transport this needs establishing the process to extract some useful resources from it. There are several technologies already developed to process it in nearby areas or at very close distance such plants can be established in small scale industries to create jobs in Libya. These may be separate for bio degradable and non bio degradable waste.

    • P.Hodkinson 6th October 2014 at 10:08 am #

      Well yes, that is one way for civil authorities at local level can show progress that affects everyone.
      Most large local councils in UK operate recycling schemes.
      They provide different coloured bins which are then collected every couple of weeks.The people need to help though by disposing of their rubbish properly.
      Information on how these schemes are administered are freely available.

  44. Adel Rateme 14th April 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    Libyans MUST STOP working for their own selfish and personal gains and start working for LIBYA ... PURE AND SIMPLE!
    TRUE, Honest and sincere Libyans WOULD NEVER EVER cause ANY HARM (in any form or shape) to Libya, NO Matter what ... NO excuses whatsoever.
    Libyans need REHABILITATION after such a long period of trauma. This can go hand in hand with rebuilding it with the support of those who know how and who know better (if not best). This reminds me of another very important element in reviving Libya, Libyans must not only accept help but actively seek help instead of being paranoid about others (Libyans, or otherwise) and stop seeing them as a threat!
    LIBYAN Adel Rateme

  45. Anonymous 13th November 2015 at 9:24 pm #



  46. Dr Satya P.Bindra 12th January 2016 at 6:22 pm #

    UNCSD Rio+20 Focal Point Libya urges GNA to soon establish unity government in Tripoli. Libyan with the support of UN & international community need to defeat the enemies of peace, legality, human rights, democracy and freedom.

  47. margaret cooper 19th May 2016 at 7:09 am #

    libya and the libyans are a great nation when grouped together, & it's so sad that none of the libyan governments so far, have clued in to the fact that UK Law firms who represented and handled the gaddafi libyan regime and family's assets, are basking and enjoying the fruits of libya's assets themselves and the libyans have yet to make a FULL Claim to all these billions, including the %of profits from all of libya's oil assets daily! greed is everywhere not just in UK & Libya, but perhaps bringing genocide charges to these corrupt law firms and their bankers, might a start to put a stop to further wars which include libya, as thousands of migrants are dying daily & allowed to happen, in order to deflect from the reality of why this is allowed to take place,to blind the world about why such a war is still taking place,FOR PROFIT, for sales of arms, for defence lobbying profits,all of this will drive libya into abyss, a never ending deadly non stop turmoil, until these 'monstrous people and groups realize that there is profit in rebuilding libya, think of all the rebuilding construction contracts etc.....malta and the maltese aiding/abetting persons, are also laughing all the way to the bank in PANAMA!

  48. Rammah 21st June 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    If an advice can be given to the Libyan and their proposed national accord government it will be get rid of the Mufty ( Sadegh El Geryani), he is causing tensions and creating confrontations and encouraging bloodshed,

    • margaret cooper 11th July 2016 at 4:55 pm #

      3 short & sweet responses=
      cut corruption
      hold all accountable
      get all Libyans to learn English, become more multicultural,and honour gender equality
      Margaret Cooper Tel 0044-7765927008
      Email; [email protected] Twitter #margaretcooperA

  49. Husni Bey 6th February 2017 at 9:51 am #

    1-Respect and Impose the rule of the law to/by the 2000 at the top of the Libyan Piramid.
    " HoR 200 . PC 9 , GNA ministers 30 , Supreme Council 200 , GM in ministries 180 , Judges and PP 400 , Army and Police Commanders . If the law is respected by the 2000 at the top 6 millions will respect the same laws.
    2-Education Education Education/Capacity building Capacity building Capacity building in Libya , better to import institutions into Libya rather than exporting students and talent out of Libya.
    3- Government to divest its interests in any economical venture and concentrate on what governments are meant to do and be:
    d-safeguard ownership
    e- impose the rupe of Law
    f- collect taxes
    g-suo org the in need

  50. Sumaiya 4th April 2017 at 9:13 am #

    Education, Education, Education!

    • Rammah 25th October 2017 at 9:24 am #

      I agree with you Husni .... if it did not start at the top it will always remain at the bottom .... education ... if one tenth of the money spent on sending students abroad is spent in Libyan universities and colleges we would have been another Singapore, same applies to the health sector, if one hundredth of what was spent on the sick and wounded outside Libya is spent on improving 3 main hospitals and medicine supply chain we would have been the best in medical services ....

      • Naim Yassin 25th October 2017 at 9:32 am #

        Hello Rammah,

        you are totally right but but not in our word, they have to change the manners of the citizens before they go with what you talking about, they already spend millions in new hospitals but where these money goes ????? they spend millions on students in other countries and where the money goes??? my friend the problem that everybody in Libya starting from the kids and ending by old people are trying to steal something from the country, it is like a culture now

  51. Rammah 31st May 2017 at 8:31 am #

    Be aware of the British and any thing relates to the UK, they can never be clear of their intentions .... this applies to others also ,,,, but the UK is on top ..

  52. Naim Yassin 15th October 2017 at 10:37 am #


    the only thing to improve Libya is by splitting the country to three states

    • tarek 8th November 2018 at 6:32 pm #

      hi Kimberly jones
      yiou are smart and right what you say but i have deferent think
      in the 40 years we have no dictator ....the corruption comes from out side our country .....and all the libyan citize know want rebulding country .
      we are now like ARAQ OR GERMANY IN THE few years ago
      have a nice day

  53. tarek 8th November 2018 at 6:37 pm #


  54. m. metin ulku 28th November 2018 at 2:02 pm #

    Libya needs unification, first. In order to achieve this :

    1. Make referandum for the Constitution,
    2. Make Election for the House of Representatives,
    3. Set up National Army and Police Force,
    4. Start realization of suspended projects as per their importance and priorities.

  55. Joseph Cachia 2nd April 2019 at 2:24 pm #




    • metin 5th April 2019 at 11:20 am #

      Libya needs unification, first. In order to achieve this :

      1. Make referandum for the Constitution,
      2. Make Election for the House of Representatives,
      3. Set up National Army and Police Force,
      4. Start realization of suspended projects as per their importance and priorities.

      • Khan Majeed 5th April 2019 at 3:07 pm #

        Libyans are highly egoistic people to the extent that they cannot think or take rational decisions. Now their system is extremely corrupt. My advice to the Libyan People - Pray to God Almighty to show the right path ..........

  56. Adel Hawesa 11th April 2019 at 9:36 am #

    the UK Visa has been refused for many of the decision makers working for the Libyan national companies i.e National Oil Corporation and its subsidiaries without real justifications. accordingly, what are the future business development opportunities with British partners in Libya specially in the Oil & Gas sector ??.

    Decision makers are seriously thinking to move Many multi- million projects to the European EPC Contractors at franc, Germany and Italy.

  57. abdulwahid 20th September 2019 at 6:30 pm #

    i am abdulwahid from libya i am 18 years old i know there is alot to say but there is nothing to do yet i see that nothing has changed we still suffer i'm about to go to university and i'm confused because when my brother graduated from university he took the certificate and hang it on the palm because there is no work only for relatives so keep your advice to yourselves because our problems too deep to be solved and who will try to solve it will be killed by pressure

    • Kahn Majeed 20th September 2019 at 10:25 pm #

      The Libyans are now suffering from all sorts of Corruption. These government run oil organisations like NOC are the hotbeds of corruption. They hire Indians and Filipinos and abuse them and make them work like slaves while stealing their salaries. There is underground & in some places open practice of slave trading. The slaves are based on black Africans who are not treated as humans. The country is being run by several militias which can be best described as mafias. The mafia militias are making money from this situation & they control their respective turfs by going to war with each other occasionally. The oil companies are also acting like mafias as the employees steal from wherever. Power outages are common & things are becoming more expensive. These Libyans hate the westerners especially the Americans & silently vow revenge on them for looting their resources & keeping them backward. America & Italy looks like are actually fanning the flames of war & encouraging corruption.

      The Russian & IS supported militia members are being identified through intelligence & are being shot & killed one by one by the American backed militias. Many other intelligence organisations – like RAW from India - have sent agents who are working in Libya & gathering intelligence. These militia members together with NOC Oil Companies are looting the country while many Libyans are going begging on the road. Old women can be seen begging on the streets of Tripoli. While the Libyan oil executives are looting money with all sorts of corruption & taking trips to Europe on regular basis. Corruption in NOC owned oil companies is so rampant & institutionalized that huge fraction of oil earnings are going in their pockets. Many employment scams are being run where expats are being hired & part of their wages are stolen by these oil executives. Indian & Filipino nurses are being used as Prostitutes to gather favors from Libyan oil executives. Libyan moral values are going down the drain. What kind of liberation & revolution is this? It is difficult to decide if Libyans are victims or being punished by God Almighty. May God Almighty have mercy on their souls.

  58. m. metin ulku 22nd January 2020 at 12:36 pm #

    thıs ıs a civil war between the brothers. Libya loses her children who are supposed to be providing service for the development. The two warring sides should sit around a table without any international interference to finalize the constitution and consecutively an election without fraud.

    • Khan Majeed 22nd January 2020 at 5:31 pm #

      Three things Libya needs to change:
      1) System to end current endemic & institutionalized corruption.
      2) Replacement of State owned system to private enterprise.
      3) Improve current moral & ethical standards of Libyans
      Currently, Libyans have become unjust, dishonest, lazy & do not want to work & cruel.

  59. Younis Muhammad 3rd February 2021 at 11:34 pm #

    My opinions are to pass a National Reconciliation Order for the following:
    1. Exemption to all citizens from all type of taxes for next ten years. And to allow stipends for all families.
    2. One time exemption to all citizens who have been charged in any type of crime and be exonerated with honor.
    3. All citizens and families who have been exiled or living in asylum abroad be given freedom with honor.
    4. All type of sanctions on the country and the citizens be lifted.
    5. Families of the former rulers be allowed and brought back to live in the country with honor.
    6. The word corruption be eliminated from common use against the leaders and citizens. Anyone if have complaint may lodge police report individually and adopt legal procedures.
    7. Media be restricted from reporting of families and persons. And no one be allowed for disgrace, interference or to defame anyone publically.
    8. The political process and meetings should be conducted inside the country and all citizens be allowed to participate through open public seminars without obstruction to anyone.
    9. Freedom and honor to all citizens would be a solid foundation of trust & peace in the country.
    10. UN should rectify the damages occured to the country and to Libyans due to NATO attacks and its after affects since 2011 till date.

  60. Kahn Majeed 4th February 2021 at 1:41 am #

    I am not very hopeful about Libya's future. Libya got rid of Qaddafi but the revolution has not succeeded. Libya is now controlled by several Mafias like the Government, NOC companies and Militias. NOC being the biggest, as they control the oil & gas of Libya, is a totally corrupt and is stealing in every way possible. Even the expats salaries are stolen & while thousands of young Libyans are begging for jobs, expats are being hired by these NOC companies only to steal their salaries. And the expats are basically Indians, Filipinos, Bangladeshis, etc. who work at very low salaries because they have no choice. It is this institutionalized corruption at the highest level which is preventing the poor young Libyans to improve their lives although Libya is very rich in oil and gas.
    How can the poor Libyans change the this corrupt situation?

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