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How US companies scrutinize the dossiers on energy and weapons in Libya

How US companies scrutinize the dossiers on energy and weapons in Libya

What is interesting in Libya for American arms and energy companies. The point of Giuseppe Gagliano

The Libya Energy & Economic Summit, to be held in Tripoli on November 22-23 under the patronage of Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dabaiba, found a local partner well connected to the United States and the world of security: Ahmed al-Ghazali. His Aldinar Company is one of the official partners of the summit, and is in charge of centralizing the registration and security of Libyan media. The security of the event itself will be provided by Security Side, a company formed by Fawzi Boukatif.

According to reports from African Intelligence , Ghazali has been representing American companies in Libya for some time. President of the security equipment sales company Tirsana Safety and Security, he has long been the Libyan representative of the American arms manufacturer Colt and AM General, which produces military vehicles. His brother, Hussam al-Ghazali, represents US defense giant Textron, through United Libya Systems.

Ghazali is also the agent of Zodiac Milpro, which supplies surveillance boats for the Libyan coast, as well as US company Rapiscan Systems, which manufactures airport detection equipment, and helicopter drone company Alpha Unmanned Systems.

In 2014, he negotiated a contract to train the Libyan army's elite Saiqa unit in counter-terrorism and mine clearance, together with a British consortium, the Counter-Threat Alliance. The project failed, as Saiqa's commander Wanis Boukhmada joined the camp of the eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar shortly thereafter.

Ghazali also runs Capital Group Consulting, which helps international companies penetrate the Libyan market. He is also on the board of directors of AmCham Libya, the US-Libya chamber of commerce.

The November summit will focus on the energy industry, mainly oil and gas. Dabaiba, his oil minister Mohamed Aoun and the president of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanalla will participate. The latter, head of the NOC since 2014, was the target of yet another attempt by rival Mohamed Aoun to oust him in early September.

The summit is organized by Energy Capital & Power (formerly Africa Oil & Power), an investment platform and event planner active in the energy sector.

This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/mondo/usa-libia-armi-energia/ on Tue, 21 Sep 2021 07:00:47 +0000.