With Bolloré out of the picture, Turkey's Albayrak eager for Misrata port concession
The Turkish construction conglomerate Albayrak is in talks with the Misrata Free Zone authorities to obtain a port terminal concession held by Bolloré since 2010 in yet another example of how Turkey is tightening its grip on the west Libyan economy. [...]
Who really controls Misrata Free Zone, Libya's vital business platform?
The Misrata Free Zone, a true state within a state, is both the port of entry to the Libyan market and the bastion of entrepreneurship in the war-torn country. Since September, this potent business hub prized by those fighting for control of the country has been led by Mohsen Sgoutri, whose powerful network allows him to stand up to the Tripoli government and develop his own business diplomacy, especially towards Turkey. [...]
The Chinese army loses its first drone in Libya
Although it is officially not present in the Libyan conflict theatre, China has just suffered its first military setback there! According to Maghreb Confidential's information, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy lost one of its drones in mid-August not far [. [...]
Why France is training Oussama Al Jouili's troops
President Emmanuel Macron of France, who is manoeuvring again following the failure of the Libyan peace conference in Palermo in November (MC 1316), has relaunched his diplomatic-security drive in Libya in the hope of getting an agreement to hold elections [. [...]