Latest articles from Libya

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Open for business

August 30, 2010

The reform of Libya's stock market to make it more accessible to both foreign and domestic investors is widely expected to usher in a new era for a country whose economy was previously dogged by sanctions. Stephen Timewell reports.

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Steady road to reform

August 30, 2010

Libyan banks withstood the worst of the global financial crisis and the country's banking sector is forging ahead with its planned expansion, reports Stephen Timewell.


Farhat Bengdara

August 30, 2010

The governor of the Central Bank of Libya tells Stephen Timewell how a major overhaul of the national bank is playing a critical role in driving government plans to improve the efficiency of Libya's economy and promote the private sector.

Libya eyes a world stage

August 30, 2010

Having emerged relatively unscathed from the global downturn, Libya is working hard to attract foreign investors, promote tourism and diversify its economy. Stephen Timewell reports.

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Late starter plays catch-up

October 5, 2009

Stephen Timewell talks to Libyan Stock Market chairman Suliman Salem Alshahomy about the arrival of the country's fledgling stock market in 2008 and the plans for its development.

Welfare with a difference

October 5, 2009

Libya's innovative social welfare scheme centres around empowering low-income families to invest in public projects, with the dual goals of improving their wealth and building the nation's economy, writes Stephen Timewell.

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Building on firm foundations

October 5, 2009

From privatisation initiatives, strategic partnerships and foreign investment, the transformation of Libya's banks continues unabated. Stephen Timewell surveys the six biggest players

Small steps to a modern system

October 5, 2009

The Libyan government's shift from owner of the economy to regulator has ushered in a period of reform which has seen significant expansion in commercial banking and is gradually transforming the country's outdated banking sector, reports Stephen Timewell.

Growth beyond oil

October 5, 2009

Farhat Bengdara, the governor of the Central Bank of Libya talks to Stephen Timewell about the strategies in place to reform the banking sector and achieve non-oil-dependent growth.

In from the cold

October 5, 2009

After decades of isolation from the global economy, Libya has begun a programme of reforms to reintegrate itself and realise its full potential, which stretches from oil and gas to tourism. Stephen Timewell reports from Tripoli.

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