Generally, Libya’s infrastructure development can be said to be growing at a steady pace. This is due to infrastructure projects that were put in place from over 50 years ago. In 1998, the country observed a laudable feat. Libya’s fossil fuel generators produced electricity at the rate of 16.92 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) which was more than the general consumption. Libya’s current infrastructure development appears to be headed for greater feats as well.
Last month, Libya was hit with a great loss when one old pipeline burst and began leaking. The 32-incg pipeline carries crude oil from Al-Samah oilfield to Es Sider port. In recent times, due to insufficient investment in the repair and maintenance of the oil pipes. Despite these setbacks Libya continues to make confident strides in improving the infrastructure.
To begin with, the European Union (EU) has allocated an additional 26.2 million euros to aid, sustain and improve the economic development, social cohesion and human security in 14 vulnerable municipalities in the southern parts of Libya. This EU program is reported to have been contributing in the improvement of access to some public services in 27 municipalities.
Furthermore, Libya has been in talks with China concerning cooperation in investments and infrastructure. Libya’s minister of Economy and Trade, Mohammed Hwej chaired a meeting with a delegation from China. This group comprised of government and private companies and their works in the fields of construction, implementation of investment projects and infrastructure development were reviewed. The Minister stated the country’s readiness to work hand in hand with the Chinese.
Also, Libya has reached out to Egypt with respect to their ICT and Postal sector and their development in Libya. The Egyptian minister for Communications and Information Technology; Amr Talaat, received the Libyan delegation from the ICT sector of the country. This follows the signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) that took place in April between both countries. The aim of the meeting was to discuss ways in which the ICT and Postal services could be enhanced in Libya.
Libya’s current infrastructure development is also taking into account the logistics sector. The government has plans for a new railway network and a power supply expansion. Due to the absence of stability previously, a lot of projects lagged behind or never saw the light of day but the current government has an expectation to turn things around.