On 11 January 2018, H.E. Nasir SHAGLAN, Libyan Minister of Economy, H.E. Bettina MUSCHEIDT, the Head of the EU Delegation to Libya, Mr. Mohamed RAED, Chairman of the General Libyan Union of Chambers, the Directors of the Chambers of Commerce of Benghazi, Misrata, Seba and Tripoli, and the project team met and discussed the new role of Chambers of Commerce in Libya in order to boost the socio-economic development of the country. The meeting was also the kick-off for a comprehensive review of the state of play of Libyan Chambers of Commerce to subsequently provide them with tailor-made support as of March 2018.
Currently, most Libyan Chambers of Commerce perform administrative tasks for their members, mainly issuing certificates and delivering activity licenses. International experience shows that Chambers of Commerce can also effectively play a key role in supporting the development and success of enterprises, both locally and abroad. Such Chambers bring forward local and international business opportunities, and provide entrepreneurs with tools such as trainings, networking events and legal advice to boost the development of their businesses. The longer term goal of the SLEIDSE project is thus to support the upgrading of selected Libyan Chambers of Commerce to provide taylor-made services to Libyan SMEs.