On Tuesday evening May 17, a meeting was held in the lobby of the InterContinental Hotel in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, between some members of the Libyan National Gathering, the young Libyans present in the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General in Libya, Stephanie Williams.
According to a note from the group, discussions focused on various issues related to Libya national affairs in various fields: political, economic and development. The dialogue highlighted the desired outcomes of the constitutional platform meeting held in Cairo in recent days and on the possibility of reaching a consensus on the constitutional basis.
Participants also discussed a range of development and policy concepts and programs that the United Nations and its agencies can address through UNSMIL, including the possibility of providing technical support to rehabilitate young Libyans and provide them with the necessary skills to enter the job market and create small and medium-sized enterprises, helping them to orient themselves in the professional world.
The importance of supporting human development programs and building partnerships that contribute to the development of the Libyan economy and to the diversification of national sources of income was also discussed.
The participants stressed the need to strengthen the powers of the local administrations to limit the centralization and the corruption associated with it, helping to improve access to services especially for those neighborhoods and areas still without basic public services.
According to the same statement, Williams for her part said that the meetings in Cairo are going well and that there are progresses on discussing controversial issues in the draft constitution, which could be adopted as the constitutional rule on the basis of which elections could be held by the end of this year. The meeting ended with the agreement to continue the consultations by creating joint work programs.