One of the motives of the war against Libya is to stop the development of the continent,
to allow the installation of the military base of AFRICOM in Cyrenaica, and start the colonial exploitation of Africa for the benefit the United States. To understand these hidden issues, interrogation of Mohammed Siala, Minister for Cooperation and
Libya's sovereign wealth fund administrator.
Your country is rich in oil and gas. You have funded $ 70 billion in the Libyan Investment Authority. How do you use this windfall?
Mohammed Siala: We have significant resources, but they are not renewable. So we created the Libyan Investment Authority to protect the wealth of future generations, as did the Norwegians, for example. However, we devote a portion of these funds to the development of Africa. This means that we have placed more than $ 6 billion in shares of the continent's development, in agriculture, tourism, trade, mining, etc..
We placed the remaining funds in different sectors, different countries, different currencies. Everywhere, including the United States and Germany, which has unfortunately allowed them to freeze some of our assets.
Technically, how does this gel is it implemented?
Mohammed Siala: The freezing of assets is governed by the banking laws of the country where they are placed. The rule is they block our accounts, but sometimes we can get the release if we take the dispute to a Claims Board and if we prove that they were intended for certain uses. For example, I have at the moment to advocate the thawing of funds to provide grants to students 1200 we sent Malaysia. We try to do the same for everything related to social benefits or costs of hospitalization of our nationals abroad.
Occasionally, some countries allow us to use funds to buy food or medication. In principle, it is our right, but many refuse to unfreeze the funds necessary or are procrastinating. For example, in Italy, the State refuses any use of our assets. In Germany, the state allows humanitarian purposes, but these are some banks that refuse to unfreeze the funds. The interpretations of the resolution are completely different from state to state. We want a clear rule: what is allowed and what is allowed is not prohibited. For now, the interpretation is a political force prevails over the right.
: Is this the only problem you for your supplies?
Mohammed Siala: We must also face the sea blockade that NATO has set up without legal basis. They ban our supply, or delay, including for food shipments. They apply primarily to prevent our delivery of gasoline, even if it is not covered by the relevant resolutions of the UN. We have an oil tanker patient for a month in Malta. For each boat, they discuss the dual use of what he carries. The essence is for civilian vehicles. But they say it can also be vehicles of the army. We answer that they can not forbid us to use it for ambulances. Nevertheless, since the conflict began, they prevent any delivery of gas. However, we are dependent on foreign refineries for about one third of our supply.Hence the current shortage. In theory, they only have the right to inspect vessels to ensure they do not carry weapons. But in practice they illegally deployed a naval blockade.
They ordered the Russian and Chinese ships to turn back. Their states must then file a complaint with the Sanctions Committee of the UN to discuss the interpretation of the resolutions. It is an endless process and dissuasive. No legal basis allows them to do so, but they are strong, confident of their impunity.
However, we are able to supply us by land, but this is ridiculous: we need a month to truck unload what we can in one day in our ports.
Your country has stepped up infrastructure construction, including the gigantic irrigation works of Man Made River. What are your current projects?
Mohammed Siala: There is a railway that runs through North Africa except Libya. We want to complete it to integrate into the regional economy and boost. The Chinese built the stretch-Tunisia Sirte. The Russians are in charge of Sirte, Benghazi. A negotiation was under way with Italy for the section-Egypt and Benghazi for locomotives. We also began the construction of a transcontinental line north-south, with the stretch-Libya N'Djamena. These are investments of international interest and we thought that the G8 would help us. He had promised, but we did not see it coming.
We are tough business and we used the tenders to force our suppliers to lower their prices. During his visit here, Putin agreed to align the prices of Russian companies with those of its competitors in China. We were able to diversify our partners.
With the war, what will happen to these projects?
Mohammed Siala: All these sites are interrupted with the freezing of assets. But we continue to tender for the sections to achieve because we are certain that the war is temporary and that work will resume. We are preparing to continue the contract temporarily interrupted for reasons of "force majeure".
The war desperate partners. The Chinese have this $ 20 billion of contracts, the Turks 12 billion. Then there are the Italians, Russians and the French. It was not their interest to let this aggression, much less participate. Probably some people have received compensation table below, but we have no precise information about it. Others hope to have more and conquering our country and by claiming for themselves the reconstruction contracts.
What are the consequences of freezing your assets for Africa?
Mohammed Siala: By blocking our assets, they also blocked our development efforts in Africa. The continent is unable to export raw materials. We invest so that they are processed and marketed in Africa by Africans. This is to create jobs and keep the gain in Africa. On the one hand we encourage the Europeans because it dries migration policy, on the other, they oppose it because they have to abandon the colonial exploitation.
Westerners want to keep Africa in a situation where it only exports raw materials, and amenities.
For example, when the coffee produced in Uganda is exported to Germany where it is sold, the gain is in Germany. We funded facilities for the roasting, grinding, packaging and so on. The proportion of Ugandans pay from 20% to 80%. Obviously, our policy is in conflict with the Europeans. It is an understatement.
We fund the rice fields in Mozambique and Liberia, to the tune of $ 32 million per project and create 100,000 jobs every time. We seek first the sufficiency of each African state, and only after export markets. Undoubtedly, we come into conflict with those who produce and export rice, especially if they speculate with.
We also build roads. For example from Libya through Niger. We have already connected the Sudan to Eritrea which upsets the regional economy and opens up prospects for development. It is now possible to move goods by road and sea
Can we say that Libya has little diplomatic alliances, but have developed economic alliances that protect you. Can we talk about diplomacy investments?
Mohammed Siala: Yes.
For example, we fund $ 50 million for construction by Chinese companies a channel of 32 km in Mali for the irrigation of agricultural areas. Freezing assets of our substantial farming stops there. If it continues, a food problem will arise quickly and people resume and accelerate their migration to Europe.Ultimately, the Europeans can not afford to stop our development efforts on the continent. They have no alternative to our policy.
Do you have a device that allows you to pay your order on the international market despite freezing your assets. Your country is attacked, I think, of course, to purchase arms and ammunition.
Mohammed Siala: We resist for four and a half months. We have learned from the embargo and were ready on day one. Many states are watching and want to take similar steps to protect themselves also imperialism
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