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Chairman of General National Congress: Nouri Abusahmen

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Country data

Iran 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012f 2013f 2014f
Nominal GDP ($bn) 87.2 63.1 74.8* 34.7 81.9 96.4 100.8
GDP per capita ($) 14,186 10,071* 11,729 5,513 12,778 14,761 15,161
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 2.7 -0.8 5 -62.1 104.5 20.2 10.1
Government revenue (% of GDP) 68.4 52.9 64.9 50.3 72.3 71.6 69.1
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 41.9 54.9 54.7 66.6 51.4 52 55.7
Total government debt (gross, % of GDP) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Current account balance (% of GDP) 42.5 14.9 19.5* 9.1 35.9 25.8 17.7
Value of oil imports 3.3 2.8 4.5 4.9* 5.8 8.3 5.5
Value of oil exports 60.7 35.7 45.4 18.7* 61 63.1 60.6
Inflation (%) 9.7 0.3 3.3* 26.6 -3.7 6.9 3.8
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Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: June 2013; *=Estimate

Libya trends

March contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2014 Subscription

17 April 2014, 12:23 GMT

Over $12bn of contracts awarded in March in the Middle East

Middle East contracts awarded: February 2014 Subscription

20 March 2014, 12:58 GMT

Over $17bn of contracts awarded in February in the Middle East

Standing down: The General Natonal Congress has agreed to replace Ali Zeidan (centre) as prime minister

Tripoli aims to end deadlock Subscription

13 February 2014, 12:42 GMT | By

Three years on from the revolution, Libya’s interim leaders have still to draft a new constitution

Opec oil production 2012-13

Opec output shrunk in 2013 on Iran and Libya production cuts Subscription

29 January 2014, 8:04 GMT | By

Non-Opec output replaced Opec supply as exporters brace for the potential return of Iran

Middle East contract awards December 2013

Middle East contracts awarded: December 2013 Subscription

8 January 2014, 8:16 GMT

Over $7bn awarded in December in the Middle East

Middle East contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: November 2013 Subscription

5 December 2013, 8:15 GMT

Over $11bn awarded in November in the Middle East


Protests hit western Libya oil export facilities Subscription

30 October 2013, 6:24 GMT | By

Oil production and exports in Libya drop after new protests shutdown facilities

Blockades: The federalist movement seized key oil terminals on 28 July

Libyan rebels continue oil blockades in eastern region Subscription

9 October 2013, 13:08 GMT | By Wil Crisp

The Eastern federalist movement is prepared to continue the oil blockades until the transitional government agrees to autonomy

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Protests: GNC’s decision led to demonstrations

Race to draft a constitution for Libya Subscription

13 February 2014, 13:52 GMT | By

Libya’s political vacuum persists as the government scrambles to draft a new constitution before deadlock causes more harm


Chaos sets back shale exploration Subscription

12 December 2013, 14:58 GMT

Attracting foreign shale investors to Libya will have to wait for a new constitution due in 2014


Oil firms look set to pull out of Libya

12 September 2013, 15:35 GMT | By

Prolonged production outages at the country’s oil facilities could push foreign oil firms to back out of Libya

Nouri Abusahmen

Political isolation law far-reaching for Libya Subscription

27 June 2013, 13:28 GMT | By

There are fears the new law will strip Libya of much-needed experience and talent in governance


Entrepreneurs are Libya's greatest asset Subscription

13 June 2013, 14:16 GMT

While Tripoli must address several key issues, the rapid recovery of its private sector is encouraging

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Special reports

Market presentations

Middle East Outlook 2013

A region in transition: Middle East outlook 2013 and beyond Subscription

18 August 2013, 7:46 GMT

Insight and analysis on the economic and projects outlook for the Middle East

After the Uprisings webinar

After the Uprisings: The outlook for business in the Middle East in 2013 and beyond Subscription

4 March 2013, 5:52 GMT

A webinar on the region’s business environment, providing current data and exclusive expert analysis drawn from MEED’s team of experts

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Top 10 projects


Rank Project Name Sector Budget ($m)
1 Ghanfuda Housing Complex in Benghazi Construction 2,300
2 Ras Ajdir to Imsaad Highway Transport 1,290
3 Tripoli to Benghazi Highway Transport 800
4 Ghira Housing Units Construction 415
5 Medina Tower Transport 367
6 Misurata Rolling Mill Industrial 260
7 Five Airport Terminal Buildings Transport 136
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Click through to MEED's Q4 2013 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: January 2014

Tenders & project awards

Libya: Gas plant heat exchanger Subscription

17 April 2014, 15:36 GMT | By

Installation of a heat exchanger including all related pipe works at a desalter unit at a gas plant

Libya: Oil pipeline equipment Subscription

17 April 2014, 15:31 GMT | By

Supply of special tools and equipment for the cleaning and survey of pipelines

Libya: Cathodic protection monitoring and control system Subscription

17 April 2014, 15:28 GMT | By

Provision of a remote cathodic protection monitoring and control system

March contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2014 Subscription

17 April 2014, 12:23 GMT

Over $12bn of contracts awarded in March in the Middle East

Libya: Drilling rig services Subscription

17 April 2014, 9:39 GMT | By

Provision of drilling rig services

Libya: Media training Subscription

11 April 2014, 10:17 GMT | By

Provision of international media training services

Libya: IT advisory services Subscription

11 April 2014, 10:11 GMT | By

Provision of IT advistory services

Libya: Terminal construction consultancy Subscription

8 April 2014, 12:43 GMT | By

Provision of consultancy services for the preparation of the scope of works for the construction of two calm terminals to receive and pump heavy fuel oil and multi-products

Libya: Infrastructure construction Subscription

8 April 2014, 12:40 GMT | By

Construction of infrastructure by using semi-permanent structures at an oil field

Libya: Moveable houses Subscription

8 April 2014, 12:36 GMT | By

Supply of eight moveable houses for oil fields

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Afriqiyah Airways Subscription

11 June 2010, 18:50 GMT

The Tripoli-based airline was established by the Libyan government when western economies began discussing the lifting of sanctions on the country

National Oil Corporation Subscription

13 November 2013, 11:05 GMT

The National Oil Corporation (NOC) is the national oil company of Libya

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Bernard Avignon Subscription

26 February 2013, 6:08 GMT

Bernard Avignon is managing director, Total Libya

Paolo Scaroni Subscription

21 February 2013, 6:31 GMT

Paolo Scaroni is chief executive officer, ENI

Ahmed Majbri Subscription

21 February 2013, 6:26 GMT

Ahmed Majbri is chairman, AGOCO

Nuri Berruien Subscription

21 February 2013, 6:23 GMT

Nuri Berruien is chairman, NOC

Omar Shakmak Subscription

21 February 2013, 6:18 GMT

Omar Shakmak is deputy oil minister, Libya

Abdulbari al-Arusi Subscription

19 February 2013, 12:49 GMT

Abdulbari al-Arusi is oil minister, Libya

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