Political Risk

Libya - prospects hampered by mixed messages

Despite Libya’s growing internationalisation as being a reasonably stable, tolerate and welcoming environment for investment, a reputation that is bolstered by a variety of customs duties and tax breaks for large projects, some UK investors are not short of criticism about the country’s lack of transparency and at times ambiguous and conflicting announcements from Libya’s key decision and policy makers. These issues, among others, were at times hotly debated at the Middle East Association’s Libya conference held in London on July 23.

Macedonia issues '175mn Eurobond

On July 1, the republic of Macedonia has issued a fixed-rate €175mn Eurobond with a 9.875% coupon which matures in 2013. The money is said to finance the country’s budget gap and prop up the currency.