Re-opening of EU delegation tied to foreign troop withdrawal
The European Union has announced its intention to re-open its delegation in Tripoli. But the form that this takes depends on Turkey and Russia's response to the American and European insistence that foreign troops leave Libyan territory. [...]
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. [...]
Mahmoud Sgoutri and Abdelhamid Dabaiba lend Turkey's Karanfil a helping hand
With the construction of a plant to make prefabricated concrete in Misrata, the Turkish firm Karanfil is hoping to carve itself out a big niche in the Libyan reconstruction market. This venture owes much to Murtaza Karanfil's ties with the new prime minister Abdelhamid Dabaiba and with the mayor of Misrata, Mahmoud Sgoutri. [...]
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. [...]