The Minister of Economy and Trade Mohammed Al-Huweij launched Tuesday an initiative to house families who survived the floods that swept away parts of the city of Derna and its surrounding areas on September 10 and 11, directing the opening of a bank account for the initiative.

The announcement came during a meeting for Al-Huweij with a number of ministry officials, in addition to the Vice President of the General Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, the Vice President of the Business Owners Council, and the heads of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Misrata, Sebha and the Western Region, as well as the Head of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Derna and Al-Bayda.

The meeting reviewed the report of the visit of the Committee to Support and Coordinate Relief Efforts to Derna and the impacted municipalities, and the results of the meetings held with members of the High Committee for Emergency and Rapid Response in the east and the Crisis Committee in the Municipality of Benghazi. The attendees also discussed the reports of the census of affected families residing in schools in the municipalities of the east. 

Al-Huweij asked that the entities affiliated with his Ministry, the chambers of commerce in all regions, and the Business Owners Council to participate in the initiative under the supervision of the committee and the chambers of commerce in the impacted areas, indicating that the disbursement mechanism would be approved from the initiative’s account through the Ministry, the General Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture, and the Business Owners Council.

He also asked the committee to follow up on the conditions of citizens and residents in coordination with the relevant committees in the east and to contribute to providing urgent needs with the participation of business owners and to prepare periodic reports on the activity of affiliated agencies and chambers of commerce to support the floods-ravaged municipalities before sending the reports to the Government of National Unity.