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08TRIPOLI554 LIBYAN MEASURES TO CHECK RISING FOOD COSTS AND ACQUIRE 2008-07-09 2011-02-01 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI614 EXBS AIRPORT TRAINING PROCEEDS DESPITE SECURITY SERVICE 2008-07-30 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI856 LIBYA'S CENTRAL BANK CONTINUES FINANCIAL SECTOR MODERNIZATION EFFORTS REF: A) TRIPOLI 827 , B) TRIPOLI 842 1. (SBU) Summary: Libya's Central Bank Governor briefed a visiting U.S. trade expert and Emboffs on efforts by the Government of Libya (GOL) to modernize the financial sector, in part to attract greater foreign direct investment in non hydrocarbon sectors. Libya is working with international organizations to improve financial sector transparency, plans to bring international credit rating agencies to Libya to assess Libyan financial instruments and its fledgling stock market, and is working to improve basic banking supervision and operations. Libya plans to sell Certificates of Deposit (CD's) to banks and eventually directly to the public, and is in the process of training banking officials in loan risk assessment as part of an effort to broaden lending to small and medium sized enterprises (SME's). End summary. 2. (SBU) On October 13, Public Affairs-sponsored speaker Bruce Stokes, a trade and economic specialist with the National Journal, met with Libyan Central Bank (CB) Governor Farhat Omar Bengadara. Stokes was accompanied by the CDA, PAO, Econoff and PA Assistant. Bengadara discussed, inter alia, a financial sector reform program that comprises encouraging financial market operations - including modernizing Libya's stock market and selling CD's to banks and the general public - and modernizing Libya's banking practices and the CB itself. (Note: See reftels for details on Libya's response to the global financial crisis and Bengadara's views on Muammar al-Qadhafi's proposals for government restructuring and privatization. End note.) 3. (U) Stressing the negative impact of sanctions-era isolation on Libya's banking sector and the need for technical banking assistance, Bengadara said the CB is also working actively with the World Bank, IMF and McKinsey (with whom it has a consulting contract) to improve Libya's banking and financial sector. The overarching goal is to help create a better functioning, more transparent financial sector to make Libya a more attractive destination for foreign direct investment (FDI). Noting that there was plenty of interest in oil and gas exploration and production, which benefitted from well-organized investment under the auspices of the National Oil Corporation's Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement scheme, Bengadara stressed that the CB's efforts were targeted at securing FDI in non-hydrocarbon sectors such as agriculture and tourism. There was also room for more FDI in downstream hydrocarbon industries such as petrochemical production and refining (Libya imports most of its gasoline from Italian refineries). Echoing a line we've heard from other senior GOL officials, he said Libya - with its strategic location, long shoreline and multiple port facilities - wanted to become a regional center for travel, banking and investment akin to Dubai. 4. (U) As part of the program to sell CD's, the CB is working to facilitate visits by rating agencies Moody's and Standard and Poor in an effort to secure credible ratings of GOL financial instruments and as assessment of the fledgling stock market. The CB is also interested in improving greater overall transparency in the Libyan economy; Bengadara and his team have been involved in ongoing discussions with international groups working on this issue. Specific areas of discussion included infrastructure development, tax reform and streamlining visa issuances for foreign businesspeople. 5. (SBU) Bengadara said the CB is also focused in efforts to improve basic banking supervision and operations. The CB has two external advisors who oversee a credit risk initiative to train banking officials in analyzing loan applications from small- and medium-sized enterprises, although the retail banking sector is still very limited. In broader terms, Libya views itself as being more akin to Saudi Arabia than the UAE, in the sense that the UAE has fewer oil and gas resources and therefore depends to a greater degree on FDI. Like Saudi Arabia, Libya's considerable hydrocarbon resources afford it more cushion and make it less dependent on FDI; however, Bengadara is trying to encourage GOL officials to take a longer-term view of FDI as a means by which to help diversify Libya's oil-dependent economy. STEVENS 2008-10-30 2011-02-01 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI917 HEAD OF LIBYA'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD: U.S.-LIBYA RELATIONS NOT JUST ABOUT OIL REF: TRIPOLI 227 2008-11-26 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09ISLAMABAD1364 SCENESETTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR JONES 2009-06-20 2011-02-01 SECRET Embassy Islamabad
09ANKARA1084 TURKEY-IRAN BORDER: A TALE OF TWO CUSTOMS POSTS 2009-07-29 2011-02-01 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Ankara
07TRIPOLI993 MINISTERIAL DELEGATIONS TO WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL 2007-11-26 2011-01-31 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI301 DEMARCHE DELIVERED: SUPPORTING AU EFFORTS IN MADAGASCAR 2009-04-12 2011-01-31 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tripoli
09YAOUNDE369 FY09 PROHIBITION ON ASSISTANCE TO CENTRAL 2009-04-22 2011-01-31 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Yaounde
09TRIPOLI394 SOMALIA DEMARCHE DELIVERED 2009-05-17 2011-01-31 SECRET Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI485 2009-06-17 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI739 EMBASSY TRIPOLI'S RESPONSE TO THE PRESIDENT'S CAIRO SPEECH REF: STATE 71325 TRIPOLI 00000739 001.2 OF 004 2009-09-14 2011-01-31 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI939 DEADLY DRIVING HABITS: ACCIDENTS THIRD CAUSE OF DEATH IN LIBYA TRIPOLI 00000939 001.2 OF 003 CLASSIFIED 2009-11-25 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
10TRIPOLI56 LIBYA SENDS HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO HAITI REF: STATE 4854 2010-01-20 2011-01-31 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tripoli
10COLOMBO50 SRI LANKA: ASSESSING PROGRESS ON KEY ISSUES REF: A. 09 COLOMBO 1176 B. COLOMBO 32 C. COLOMBO 8 COLOMBO 00000050 001.8 OF 004 2010-01-22 2011-01-31 SECRET Embassy Colombo
10TRIPOLI72 LIBYA REQUESTS FLIGHT CLEARANCE FOR RELIEF SUPPLIES TO HAITI REF: STATE 6918 2010-01-25 2011-01-31 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tripoli
10TRIPOLI78 SENIOR LIBYAN JUSTICE OFFICIAL: LESS TALK, MORE ACTION IS BEST TRIPOLI 00000078 001.2 OF 002 2010-01-27 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
10AMMAN459 JORDAN: SCENESETTER FOR VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN 2010-02-25 2011-01-31 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Amman
10TEGUCIGALPA2 AMBASSADOR AND PRESIDENT-ELECT LOBO DISCUSS NEED 2010-01-05 2011-01-29 CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN Embassy Tegucigalpa
10TEGUCIGALPA160 ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION SURROUND DAM MANAGEMENT 2010-02-20 2011-01-29 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tegucigalpa
09BERLIN431 NEW U.S. AF/PAK STRATEGY GENERATES GOOD WILL, BUT 2009-04-10 2011-01-28 SECRET Embassy Berlin
09KABUL3712 WAY FORWARD ON AFGHAN JUDICIAL SECURITY INITIATIVE 2009-11-18 2011-01-28 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Kabul
10CAIRO224 A/S Jones meets with GoE officials on Health, Science, and 2010-02-03 2011-01-28 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Cairo
10CAIRO159 Scencesetter for Deputy Secretary Lew's February 15-16 Visit 2010-02-04 2011-01-28 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Cairo
10CAIRO262 Tourism is the "driving force" in the Egyptian Economy 2010-02-08 2011-01-28 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Cairo
10CAIRO183 Minister of Social Solidarity Distances Himself from MEPI 2010-02-10 2011-01-28 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Cairo
10CAIRO286 Same Question, Same Answer: Egypt Still Unwilling to 2010-02-10 2011-01-28 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Cairo
10TELAVIV359 COGAT DANGOT ON PEACE PROCESS, WEST BANK AND GAZA 2010-02-18 2011-01-28 CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN Embassy Tel Aviv
10CAIRO338 Egypt: H5N1 Update - February 2010 2010-02-21 2011-01-28 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Cairo
10CAIRO245 UPDATE ON U.S.-EGYPT STRATEGIC ECONOMIC DIALOGUE 2010-02-25 2011-01-28 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Cairo
04THEHAGUE1717 DUTCH/EU: FM BOT ON IRAQ, CHINA, ASEM, SUDAN, AND 2004-07-09 2011-01-25 SECRET Embassy The Hague
09KABUL3185 AFGHANS SEEK IMPROVED JUDICIAL SECURITY; CSTC-A AGREES TO 2009-10-10 2011-01-23 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Kabul
08HAVANA811 PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE: THOUGHTS ON THE CATHOLIC 2008-10-15 2011-01-22 CONFIDENTIAL US Interests Section Havana
09BRASILIA1112 BRAZIL MORE SUPPORTIVE OF U.S. ARAB-ISRAELI NEGOTIATIONS APPROACH BUT NO AID COMMITMENTS YET 2009-09-04 2011-01-21 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Brasilia
08THEHAGUE625 NETHERLANDS/AFRICA: DUTCH VIEWS ON SUDAN, 2008-07-24 2011-01-17 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy The Hague
05THEHAGUE2309 AMBASSADOR’S PARTING THOUGHTS ON TAKING THE DUTCH 2005-08-22 2011-01-17 SECRET Embassy The Hague
10BRASILIA44 TFHA01: BRAZIL ACTIVE, EAGER TO PARTNER WITH USG ON HAITI RELIEF 2010-01-15 2011-01-15 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Brasilia
10BRASILIA62 Head of Brazil's Haiti Relief Efforts Reports Good 2010-01-22 2011-01-15 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Brasilia
10BRASILIA68 More than US$ 5 Million has been provided for earthquake relief by members of Mission Brazil's Corporate Social Responsibility Group, Mais Unidos. 2010-01-22 2011-01-15 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Brasilia
10BRASILIA53 BRAZIL: UPDATE ON EFFORTS AND FUTURE PLANS IN HAITI 2010-02-18 2011-01-15 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Brasilia
09BRASILIA1428 USAID/Brazil and Brazil's Agency for Cooperation Visit Haiti to Advance Trilateral Cooperation 2009-12-08 2011-01-14 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Brasilia
06REYKJAVIK50 ICELAND IN NO RUSH TO ASSIST NEW PALESTINIAN 2006-02-13 2011-01-13 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Reykjavik
06REYKJAVIK102 ICELAND: ADDITIONAL IRAQ ASSISTANCE NOT 2006-03-23 2011-01-13 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Reykjavik
06REYKJAVIK167 ICELAND TO FOLLOW EU LEAD ON MOP-3 FOLLOW-UP 2006-05-11 2011-01-13 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Reykjavik
06REYKJAVIK305 LEBANON: ICELAND'S CONTRIBUTION AND DONOR CONFERENCE 2006-08-25 2011-01-13 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Reykjavik
06REYKJAVIK431 ICELAND: PEACEKEEPING POLICY AT A CROSSROADS 2006-11-27 2011-01-13 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Reykjavik
07PARIS1530 FRENCH HEDGE ON COMPACT SIGNING EVENT 2007-04-17 2011-01-13 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Paris
07REYKJAVIK277 Iceland: Press in New York for a position on Partnership 2007-09-21 2011-01-13 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Reykjavik
10BRASILIA19 SENIOR BRAZIL OFFICIALS PRAISE COOPERATION, SEEK CLOSER 2010-01-22 2010-12-21 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Brasilia
10BRASILIA55 BRAZIL: AMBASSADOR DISCUSSES SECURITY, CN, AND UPCOMING 2010-02-18 2010-12-21 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Brasilia
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