The American Chamber of Commerce Libya (AmCham Libya), together with its member company Veritas Global, organized and hosted a visit this week by a high-level Libyan delegation from the Emergency Medicine and Support Centre (EMSC), a department within the Ministry of Health. Visiting officials included the EMSC Director and CFO, the Head of the Libyan Doctor’s Union, and the HR Director for the Ministry of Health.
The principal purpose of the visit was to meet with U.S. hospitals to discuss the possibility of sending Libyans to receive healthcare in the U.S. and to develop partnerships to bring medical specialists to Libya for localized treatments and capacity building. The delegation visited hospitals in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C.
The delegation was welcomed by U.S. Special Envoy Richard Norland. He emphasized the great importance the U.S. Government places on programmes like this and highlighted the fact that the EMSC is a government institution that is active throughout Libya and can serve as a model for the unification of other Libyan government functions.
The delegation was received at the U.S. Chamber in Washington D.C. where the head of the U.S. Chamber for Africa welcomed the group, emphasizing the importance of Libya in terms of economic opportunities for its more than 3 million members.
The delegation was also welcomed at the Libyan Embassy in Washington D.C. by the Chargé d’affaires, Al-Fadil Al-Senussi.
Debbie Hirst, President of AmCham Libya said, “We were honoured by the request to organize these important meetings for EMSC. Libya has a desire to be able to offer world class medical services, and one way this can be done is by partnering with leading international programmes, including those found in the U.S. We hope that the results of these meetings will eventually be localized healthcare institutions in Libya that can offer the same level of service that is offered in the U.S. AmCham and the U.S. Embassy will continue to support EMSC to help it achieve its goals in this area.”