Sunday, 16 September 2012 16:02
Thirteen local companies were assisted by Malta Enterprise to participate in the Libya Healthcare Exhibition at the Tripoli International Fair between September 11 and 13.
While this is the ninth time that the fair was held, this year’s edition was the first to be organised following the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime.
The event, organised under the auspices of the Libyan Ministry of Health, is considered to be of strategic importance for companies engaged in healthcare in view of the extensive demand needed to sustain the Libyan healthcare sector.
The fair proved to be a unique opportunity for the roughly 150 international exhibitors and thousands of visitors to establish direct communication with Libyan decision-makers in the healthcaresector, who provided an insighton the current medical needs andplanned projects.
Libyan Health Minister Fatima Hamroush and Malta’s Ambassador in Libya Victor Camilleriwere among those who visited the stands of the Maltese companies, which operate in sectors suchas pharmaceuticals, medical products and medical-related services, supply and provision of medical equipment, as well as contractors for hospitals and clinics andair-ambulance services.
Malta Enterprise, which also participated at the fair to promote Malta as an ideal location for doing business, supported the companies as part of the various initiatives being taken to strengthen commercial ties between Malta and the new Libya.
Over the past months, Malta Enterprise and its commercial office in Libya have worked on the organisation of business delegations, both incoming and outgoing, with the support of the corporation’s counterparts in Libya, as well as participation in the Libya Build fair.
Earlier in the year, Malta Enterprise also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the General Board of Privatisation and Investment, whereby the two parties agreed to step up theircooperation with a view towards facilitating trade and investment opportunities between the two countries.
In the coming months, Malta Enterprise will be organising other business delegations to explore the business environment in Libya and assist local companies in establishingbusiness links.
Additionally, the corporation will also be seeking to strengthen its presence in the country to boost the on-the-ground assistance it already provides.