Germany gives extra €15 million to the Stabilization Facility for Libya – Al Marsad

Libya, 27 February 2019 – Germany has given a a further €15 million to the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL), now in its second phase. It brings the amount that Germany has given the facility since its inception in 2016 to €28.5 million ($32.6 million).  It is also the facility’s biggest donor.

The donation will be used to support new stabilization initiatives in Ubari, Sirt, Sebha and Tawergha as well as other locations. These are being developed by the UNDP which administers the facility in collaboration with the Presidency Council’s government of national accord (GNA).

A ceremony at the planning ministry in Tripoli yesterday, Tuesday, saw German Ambassador Oliver Owcza, GNA planning minister Taher Jehaimi  and UNDP Resident Representative Sultan Hajiyev sign the donation agreement.  Also attending were GNA local government minister Milad al-Taher, deputy UN special envoy Maria do Valle Ribeiro, the mayor of Sirte, Mokhtar al-Madani, the mayor of Tajoura, Hussein Ben Attieh, and the mayor of Obari, Ahmed Khalifa.

The first phase of the facility focused on rehabilitating crucial infrastructure such as hospitals and schools and extending the capacities of municipalities in Benghazi, Kikla, Obari, Sebha, Sirte, Bani Walid and Greater Tripoli. The second phase, which requires a total budget of $86.2 million for the next three years, has been renamed as “Stronger for Libya”, retaining the same SFL initials.

Speaking at yesterday’s ceremony, the German ambassador stressed the hope that providing aid to Libya will help work for its unity.

“Unity of the country, strong and accountable institutions as well as economic recovery are important objectives towards stabilization in which Germany supports our Libyan partners. The SFL – Stronger for Libya is an important instrument to achieve these. It also reveals the joint international action on Libya gathering 14 donors behind one objective that is to foster Libya’s unity.”

The three mayors were joined by Abdulhadi Abouawn, a student at the University of Kikla, who had been directly helped by the SFL’s investments there. All expressed their appreciation of the work done by the SFL in their towns.

As well as Germany and Libya, the SFL is supported by the EU, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.

In a meeting on the sidelines of the ceremony Sirte mayor Mukhtar Al-Mudani and Ambassador Owcza along with the planning and local government ministers discussed possible further German support for the town’s reconstruction and development.

Ambassador Owcza (left) and Sirte Mayor Mokhtar al-Madani (Photo: UNDP)

 

 

Top photo (courtesy of UNDP):  Ambassador Owcza (left), GNA Planning Minister Jehaimi and UNDP Resident Representative Sultan Hajiyev (right)