An official delegation from Libya has urged UK construction firms to bid for work in the Middle Eastern country.
Rushdi Hassouna, Tripoli regional manager at Libya’s Organisation for the Development of Administrative Centres, recently met 40 companies keen to work in the country.
The Libyan government is committed to a $50 billion investment in public works by 2012 as part of its drive for sustainable development.
UK body the South East Centre for the Built Environment is working with UK Trade and Investment to provide support for firms wishing to take advantage of this spending.
Mr Hassouna told delegates at a SECBE conference: “There are enormous business opportunities in Libya. We have a high regard for British businesses, they offer excellent quality and are innovative, professional and adaptable.”
He then held meetings with a number of key companies including consultants Mott Macdonald, architects tp bennett and project managers K2 Consultancy.
HM Ambassador to Libya Sir Vincent Fean, who opened SECBE’s office in Tripoli recently, urged companies to take advantage of strong Libyan-British relations.
SECBE chairman Bob Heathfield said: “There is huge demand for contractors in Libya – but it is difficult to engage without local market knowledge and local support. I urge contractors in the South-east, many of whom will be affected by the recession over here, to take advantage of our expertise to enter a market with great potential.”