Benghazi Signs Urban Development Plan Contract with Greece’s LEEAD Consulting – Al Marsad

The Mayor of the Benghazi Municipality, Mr. Saqr Boujwari, and the Director of LEEAD Consulting, a Greek group specialized in engineering, construction contracts and project management, have signed the Master Plan for the General Urban Development of Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya, and the largest city in the eastern region of Cyrenaica. 

The city of Benghazi in Eastern Libya

Master Plan for the General Urban Development of Benghazi will address the city’s immediate and future housing problems for the internally displaced families, informal settlements, environmental issues, water and sanitation, road network, transportation, buildings, utilities, energy, and lakes.

[Athens, 25 October 2019] – The signing ceremony was attended by a high-level delegation from Eastern Libya led by the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya in Bayda, Mr. Ali al-Hibri, as well as the presence of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Greece, in addition to Greek and international companies with expertise in the fields of infrastructure, seaports, airports, communications, digital technology, and energy.

The Libyan senior level delegation was warmly received by Mr. Kostas Bakoyannis, the Mayor of the Municipality of Athens, who expressed his readiness to work together to bridge the relationship between the two Mediterranean cities, and work for the reopening of the Greek Consulate in Benghazi and the reinstatement of air and sea routes that link the two sister cities.

Athens-based and Libyan-founded educational technology (ed-tech) organizations such as Code on the Road are also in talks to bring their entrepreneurship and software programs to schools city-wide.

The Master Plan project will draw the city’s landmarks until 2050, including designs dealing with population and services distribution, as well as entertainment and tourist locations. Furthermore, it will also address Benghazi’s immediate and future housing problems for the internally displaced families, informal settlements, environmental issues, water and sanitation, road network, transportation, buildings, utilities, energy, and lakes.

The agreement is heralded as a new dawn for the resumption of Libyan-Greek cooperation and business, and is regarded by both sides as an important step towards the reconstruction of Benghazi.

© Al Marsad English (2019)