USLBA Briefing on the Global Fragility Act in Libya

On Friday, April 29, USLBA hosted a productive roundtable with senior USG officials and leaders from the US private sector to discuss the implementation of the Global Fragility Act in Libya to prevent conflict and promote stability. The meeting included Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations Deputy Assistant Secretary, Matthew Steinhelfer; USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East, Megan Doherty; and Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary for North Africa, Karen Sasahara. USLBA is grateful for their time and invaluable insights.

The Global Fragility Act is a forward-thinking strategy that aims to address many of the underlying factors of instability in Libya. USLBA looks forward to future engagements that promote our shared goals of conflict prevention, stabilization, and support for Libya’s youth and disadvantaged populations.

USLBA Hosts US Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya

On April 21, the US-Libya Business Association hosted US Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland for a roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss current political and economic events impacting US-Libya ties. Our members expressed concern about political uncertainty, mobilization of militias + O&G disruptions that cast a shadow over Libya’s business environment & damage the quality of life of the Libyan people.

USLBA members also focused on Libya’s huge potential for economic growth. US companies want to help develop and grow Libya’s rich energy resources as well as new opportunities in emerging sectors – including finance, telecommunications, & information technology – to spur broad economic development, reconstruction, & create jobs for the Libyan people. USLBA reaffirmed its commitment to finding innovative solutions & improving Libyan access to US expertise to tackle Libya’s greatest challenges. USLBA thanked the US Embassy Libya External Office for strengthening the US-Libya business ties that can help the Libyan people achieve their county’s potential.