The response to the visit was so strong that many companies could not be accommodated for individual meetings with the Delegation members, and had to be content with attending a large Symposium on Libya’s healthcare sector at the Ronald Reagan World Trade Center on Dec 4, and to have individual discussions with the Deputy Minister and his group after the event.
Meetings for the Delegation, which included Deputy Minister Elhemmali, Dr. Taher Ali Ahmed Abdussalam, CEO of the Medical Supplies Organization, and private Libyan businessmen Mr. Mosbah Ambark Mabrok, Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Imbarik and Mr. Moussa E Belkany, were arranged and coordinated by Libyan Embassy Health Attaché Dr. Mahmoud Usta Omar, and by the American Libyan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ALCCI) in Washington. The focus of the meetings was to learn the most pressing priorities and objectives of the Ministry of Health, and to initiate discussions with various American hospitals, medical equipment suppliers, pharmaceutical companies and others who can offer the very best technology and services for making Libyan Healthcare the best in the region.
“It was a challenge to reach the right companies with the Deputy Minister arriving right after the Thanksgiving holiday”, said ALCCI Vice Chairman Libyan-American surgeon Dr. Esam Omeish, chief of surgery a at a prominent Virginia hospital, who has visited Libya many times over the past two years. ”Yet the very strong response clearly shows how much American companies want to be involved in helping Libya rebuild this vital sector”.
As the Deputy Minister explained in the various meetings, it is critical for the Libyan Government to be show definite progress in the healthcare area, which is so vital to the lifestyle and well being of Libya’s population. In the 1960s Libya’s healthcare system was the envy of the region, but four decades of mismanagement and neglect have put Libya far behind, and progress must be made immediately. As the world leader in medical and health services, technology and equipment, America can play a key role in making Libyan a center of healthcare excellence for all the Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe.
Typical of the strong response was the 60+ company and government officials attending the Symposium organized by ALCCI and the National Council on US-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) on Dec 4. The audience’s many key questions clearly showed their interest, and the Delegation member added to their already full counts of business cards from their other meetings with some of the most well known hospitals, Pharma companies and medical equipment suppliers in the USA. The Delegation has asked the Embassy and ALCCI to work together to follow up on all these meetings, and to get word out to many more American companies, that Libya values these potential partnerships, and wants even more American companies to come as investors and venture partners into the Libyan market.
Another highlight of the visit was their meetings with various Members of the US Congress, and other Government Agencies. The Deputy Minister was particularly pleased with the very warm and productive meeting with Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the first Muslim-American elected to Congress; whose District includes some of the top hospitals and medical service and equipment suppliers in the USA. Congressman Ellison has offered to work with the Embassy and ALCCI to bring a Delegation of American Healthcare companies to Libya next Spring for a Symposium and to meet Ministry Officials and private sector Libyan companies with whom they can form partnerships and other relationships. ALCCI will be assembling plans for that event, with the Embassy, and will be announcing details after Jan 1.
“Over the next few years”, said ALCCI President Robert Marro, “Libya will spend billions of dollars upgrading and revitalizing its medical sector. American firms can and should play a key and compelling part in that process. The ALCCI is working closely with the Libyan Embassy, and with US Agencies like Commerce and State, to ensure that American firms remain in the forefront of this effort”.
For more information, please contact:
Robert J. Marro, President (a.i.)
American LibyanChamber of Commerce & Industry
Tel: (202) 347-3471 Cell: (703) 309-6726