Wednesday AM August 20th, 2008

The American Libya Trade Mission Association discussed new business opportunities in Libya, now that sanctions have been lifted. Brenda Smith's group was invited because they had been working with the National Conference of Black Mayors—that led to a face-to-face meeting with Muammar Ghaddafi on August 1st in Tripoli.

"It was a fabulous meeting, actually. Hemali Ghaddafi, who's actually been appointed as a special envoy to the National Conference of Black Mayors to Libya and the African Union had been discussing a summit between the heads of state of Africa and the United States government."

Smith says thawing relations between the U.S. and Libya has opened the door to many positive developments.

"Well, you know, originally and actually it would be the oil companies and, but they need everything, actually. After the years of embargo, their infrastructure, I mean they need a complete overhaul here-everything. There's construction projects going for hotels, housing-they've got a big housing shortage."

Libya is anxious to host a meeting between the United States and African heads of state in 2009.

Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

 

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