The Tripoli-based Minister of Industry and Mineral, Ahmed Abu Hisa, discussed at his ministry’s headquarters last week, the implementation of spatial development studies projects with the Director General of the Industrial Research Centre, Al-Hussein Hassan Areibi, and the Director of the Economic Department at the centre, and in the presence of the Director of the Industrial Studies and Research Department at the Ministry of Industry’s office.
Meeting assessed implementation of 30 studies
Speaking exclusively to Libya Herald, the Director General of the Industrial Research Centre said that the meeting with the Minister of Industry dealt with the technical and financial situation for the implementation of 30 spatial studies. These studies were prepared by the centre, and technical committees were formed to follow up on their implementation.
The centre lacks a budget
He explained that the targeted projects were divided by the study into two groups of 15 studies for implementation during the remainder of this year. The rest of the studies will be implemented next year, due to the lack of a budget for the centre to implement these studies this year, despite their preparation and referral to the Ministry of Planning.
Search for alternative funding sources
Areibi revealed that the Minister of Industry submitted a proposal for alternative funding sources such as establishing external partnerships with international and regional institutions and Arab organizations. The proposal also included entering partnerships with local bodies and other research centres and financial institutions such as the Islamic Development Bank.
Proposal of other strategic projects to obtain industrial investment opportunities
He also revealed that the centre is considering the proposal of other strategic projects to obtain industrial investment opportunities in the agricultural and industrial fields, in cooperation with the Marine Research Centre, the Agricultural Research Centre, the National Oil Corporation and the National Mining Corporation. These would open the door for holding specialized training courses for a fee for individuals and public and private agencies, relying on the highly qualified cadres of the centre.
There are government efforts to support the centre
Regarding government support, Areibi said there are government efforts to support the centre by modernizing its research laboratories. These provide scientific studies in many industrial and mining fields and measure the quality of many materials and commodities involved in building and construction, including electrical materials, as well as many materials involved in industrial processes. and their conformity with international standards.
Linkage with international research centres
On the relationship of the Industrial Research Centre with research centre in the world, Areibi indicated that there is a plan supported by the Ministry of Industry and Mining to link the centre with international centres in the field of research and studies to benefit from their experience and opportunities that raise the work and performance of the centre.