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The new government will need international community’s help

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By: Ahmad Safar*

While Libya is moving slowly towards a long-awaited for political agreement and a national accord government, a responsibility falls on the shoulder of the international community, which helpedاحمد صافار Libyans to reach this agreement, to achieve real peace and give the Libyans the fair chance to enjoy the fruits of the reconstruction.

Documented trials of peace agreements following conflicts refer to high risks threatening blowing such agreements in its first year. Especially when management of national and international expectations, with high hopes, face short-term difficulties, like what will happen when the national accord government is installed.

Reviving economy as a whole on the local level in countries and areas, as soon as possible, can achieve a lot peace-wise during the first year after conflict.

The over focusing on the security arrangements can deprive important economic initiatives the collapsing Libyan economy needs, from attention.

It is ideal to take advantage of economic incentives only when support of security solution is needed versus stability, which could become part of a broader approach to enforce security and its return relatively to its normal form.

It is clear that such major task depends on readiness of national economic structures to implement it, which seem impossible given what management and economic structured have been through during Qaddafi era and its continuous decline due to current conflict.

This gap is a clear evidence of the need to the international help ahead of formation of the national accord government. The government should adopt this task as soon as it is seated to get the international help according to the following criteria:

1) good international practices,

2) documented international experience in after-conflict situations,

3) balanced stance towards all Libyan parties.

Libya lacks the skills in different economic sectors, which is considered a suitable field to assist. Launching economic initiatives based on the creating pockets of what I call “smart demand” for goods and services and then meet them with the Libyan made “supply” could meet the goal of economic recovery nationally and locally. The risk about using international help, the government should pay attention to, is the ambush of “experts” who depend on travel, airports, continuous moving as the way of delivering their services. Or consulting firms that claim to do “everything and anything”, which confused this important aspect of the international support over the past three years – we should pay attention this time!

A last word I give as advice, the anticipated government should lean only on countries, international institutions, and global companies that were on a high degree of integrity and objectivity concerning the conflict in Libya.  Only those are qualified to give the urgent technical help to the government. Lastly, I can say that time factor will be the rarest and most important resource ahead of the national accord government.

*A Libyan Diplomat

 Translated By LIBYAPROSPECT: Source