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Opportunities for Sustainable Economic Growth in Southern Libya: Insights from The PepsiCo Foundation, World Food Programme and USAID

AmCham Libya and the U.S. Embassy to Libya presented an online briefing on opportunities for sustainable economic growth in Southern Libya, including an important Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project being implemented by The PepsiCo Foundation and the World Food Programme (WFP). The project involves a hydroponic farm development which will increase access to sufficient food in a historically economically depressed area. Hydroponic farming allows for the efficient production of food which provides nutrition and livelihoods for the local community. Topics discussed included: current investments of Pepsi in Libya; The PepsiCo Foundation and its partnership in Libya; project details and its [...]

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AmCham Member Roundtable with Ambassador Norland

AmCham Libya hosted an in-person AmCham Member roundtable with Ambassador Norland during his visit to Tripoli. The roundtable provided an opportunity for the Ambassador to hear directly from U.S. businesses active in Libya about their experiences and areas where the U.S. Government can provide support. The event was honored by a surprise visit from Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dabaiba. Ambassador Norland commented: ‘‘Today’s roundtable with AmCham Libya was an opportunity to understand how American companies can partner with Libyan firms and create additional economic opportunities for Libyans.’ "The American companies represented today employ thousands of Libyans in many sectors [...]

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Libya Healthcare Sector Roundtable

The American Chamber of Commerce in Libya (AmCham Libya) and the U.S. Embassy to Libya hosted a Libya Healthcare Sector Roundtable. This event brought together key decision makers from Libyan institutions, major U.S. companies active in the sector and the U.S. State Department. Roundtable Participants included: U.S. Embassy to Libya: Ambassador Richard B. Norland Libyan Ministry of Health: Minister Ali Al Zanati Abbott: Bassem Bibi, Divisional Vice President AMI: Dr. Andrew Walker, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder GE Healthcare: Nael Dabbagh, General Manager, MENAT MSD (Merck): Dr. Hazem Abdel Samie, Managing Director Topics under discussion included: • Current priorities for Libya's [...]

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Q&A Session with Mohammed Ali Abdallah, GNU Special Envoy to the U.S

The American Chamber of Commerce in Libya (AmCham Libya) hosted an online Q&A session with Mohammed Ali Abdallah, GNU Special Envoy to the United States. Mr. Abdallah's particular focus within this role is on the commercial sector and fostering business between U.S. companies and Libya. During the Q&A session participants learned about the current commercial priorities for the GNU, and received useful information about how to find and pursue opportunities in Libya. They also learned about how to successfully get contracts paid.

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A discussion with Joyce Bender, Advocate for Disability Employment

The U.S. Embassy to Libya and the American Chamber of Commerce in Libya (AmCham Libya) hosted an online discussion with Joyce Bender, an advocate for disability employment and an executive board member and secretary of the American Association of People with Disabilities. Event Participants included: Joyce Bender, CEO, President and Founder of Bender Consulting Services, Inc. Richard B. Norland, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Debbie Hirst, Director of AmCham Libya During the discussion, attendees learned about the value of employing workers with disabilities, heard expert advice about fostering inclusive workplaces, and had the opportunity to pose questions about applying lessons to [...]

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Briefing from Prime Minister of Libya Abdul Hamid Dabaiba

The American Chamber of Commerce in Libya (AmCham Libya) hosted an exclusive briefing from Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dabaiba. The online event which began with an introduction by U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland, brought together Libyan government leadership, major U.S. companies active in Libya and the U.S. State Department. Briefing Participants included: Government of National Unity of Libya: Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dabaiba U.S. Embassy to Libya: Ambassador Richard B. Norland Government of National Unity of Libya: Mohammed Ali Abdallah, Libyan Government Special Envoy to U.S. Panelist participants included representatives from: Abbott, Bechtel, General Electric, MSD, Pepsi, and Visa. [...]

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Briefing by Dr. Faisel Gergab, Chairman of LPTIC

The American Chamber of Commerce in Libya (AmCham Libya) hosted a briefing from Dr. Faisel Gergab, Chairman of LPTIC (Libya Post, Telecommunication and Information Holding Company) regarding commercial opportunities for U.S. companies in the Libyan ICT (Information and Communications Technology) sector. As well as Dr. Gergab, we are grateful to the representatives of key LPTIC subsidiaries for participating as panelists in this important briefing. Dr. Gergab was introduced by Daniel Liss, Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy to Libya. Topics under discussion included: An overview of commercial opportunities for U.S. companies in the ICT sector in Libya LPTIC success stories [...]

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A Discussion with Ambassador Richard Norland, AmCham Libya Honorary Chairman

The American Chamber of Commerce in Libya (AmCham Libya) hosted a virtual meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Libya and AmCham Libya Honorary Chairman, Richard Norland. The Ambassador exchanged views with current and prospective AmCham members regarding the evolving political process in Libya and prospects for improving the business climate for U.S. investment. Ambassador Norland underscored that the ongoing political process in Libya provided a unique opportunity for Libyan political and economic leaders to achieve these reforms and make Libya a strong and reliable partner for private sector investment. American companies expressed a strong desire to deploy their technical expertise and [...]

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Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Risk Related To Business Operations In Libya

Steve Priestley of AmCham Libya member Tetra Tech, delivered an online seminar on the subject of: Risks and Other Issues Associated with Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Related to Business Operations in Libya. Steve provided a comprehensive overview of the key considerations for organizations planning on implementing projects in areas potentially contaminated by landmines and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).  His presentation was informed by lessons learned from similar environments in the region as well as specific experience in Libya.  During the briefing, Steve covered: An overview of the current situation and risks in Libya - including locations/types/responses by local authorities Issues [...]

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American Policy Towards Libya and Possible Impacts of the Upcoming U.S. Presidential Election

Jason Pack, AmCham Board Member and Libya Scholar, gave an online briefing on the subject of American policy towards Libya and possible impacts of the upcoming Presidential election. It covered American engagement in Libya under the Trump administration and touched on arguments from his recent piece for Foreign Policy, "The Israel-UAE Deal Won’t Bring Peace, but It Will Prolong the War in Libya". Jason commented on how he sees the Libyan commercial scene evolving in 2021 for American companies in the electricity, oil & gas, construction, and related sectors if oil prices remain low or the blockade continues. AmCham members [...]

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Libya Power Sector Roundtable

AmCham Libya and the U.S. Embassy to Libya co-hosted the Libya Power Sector Roundtable. This online event brought together key decision makers from Libyan institutions, major U.S. companies active in the sector, the U.S. State Department and USAID, which is currently working on electricity sector reform in Libya. Panelists included Joshua Harris, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to Libya, Weam Elabdeli, Chairman at GECOL, Dr. Abdussalam Elansari, Deputy Chairman at GECOL, Dr. Mohamed Elhadi Mashena, Advisor for Energy Affairs at GNA, Mamoun Saad, Country Manager for Libya at Bechtel, Raouf Ben Ltaifa, Deputy General Manager for Libya [...]

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