The Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah said businesspersons should be supported because they make up the most important class in Libyan economy, adding in his speech at the first gathering of Libyan businesspersons and industrialists organized by the Chamber of Industry, Agriculture and Commerce in coordination with Zliten municipal council on Saturday - that facilitating work of the small traders who have licenses was necessary.
Dbeibah said there are those who cannot find foreign currency.. and some businesspersons that have been accused and imprisoned in other countries because of currency exchange, adding that some of them transfer currencies through foreign companies, "while they are under the intelligence microscope."
He also stressed the need for the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) to facilitate availability of foreign currency for businesspersons, adding that some of his friends told him that letters of credit are more expensive than buying from the black market, saying that he called on the Governor of the CBL Al-Siddiq Al-Kabir to start a dialogue aimed to overcome these difficulties.
Dbeibah stressed the importance of adhering to the government's decisions related to the provision of basic commodities during the month of Ramadan, saying his government wouldn't allow speculation of prices.
The forum was attended by Al-Kabir, the Head of the Audit Bureau, Khalid Shakshak, a number of ministers, the Board of Directors of the National Council for Economic and Social Development, and the Head of the Chamber of Industry, Agriculture and Commerce.
Al-Kabir spoke about the CBL's readiness to cooperate with the government to support the private sector and facilitate its work, referring to the need to take into account some of the international restrictions that the country is experiencing.