The Libyan Democratic Party wishes to extend its sincere thanks to the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and the Federal Republic of Germany for organizing the Berlin Economic Conference on October 4, 2021, and take this opportunity to affirm that the Libyan people are determined to achieve a transition within Libya to a modern democratic state which contributes greatly to the good of humanity.
The Libyan people want to achieve democracy in their country, because democracy is a natural right that cannot be renounced. Libya suffered greatly for 42 years during Gaddafi’s military dictatorship, and the following 10 years of chaos and uncertainty. Libya has paid a high price in blood and treasures, but Libya will not be able to realize its dream of democracy without the help of the international community.
Thus, the Democratic Party of Libya proposes that the United States of America present Libya with the Marshall Plan, similar to that presented to Germany after World War II. This plan will be financed from the assets of the Libyan state, which is currently frozen. Libya does not suffer from a lack of funds, but from the concentration of wealth and, unfortunately, it is infiltration in the wrong hands and sometimes dangerous.
Libya now needs a modern constitution similar to the one Germany obtained after the war, given the Libyan peculiarities. In order to achieve this goal, we need the expertise of the United Nations to help us achieve our goal.
In our modern times, smartphones have transformed most Libyans and Arabs – especially the younger population – into citizens of the world, who yearn for freedom and democracy. It should be mentioned here that around 70% of Libyans are under 30 years old. We do not see them as a powder cake about to explode but as a demographic rebound which should be reinforced in our economy; this younger social segment is dynamic and resourceful in nature, acting as the ideal catalyst in the transformation and diversification of our national economy. “God willing”
The Democratic Party believes in the old Arab proverb which says:
Give the bread to the baker even if he eats half of it.
Thus, we call on the Libyan government not to reinvent the wheel, but rather to engage German know-how to produce a long-term development master plan in Libya, including, but not limited to, the construction of smart cities. with clean energy. Success starts with good planning.
This is why our Democratic Party demands that Libya ratify the New York Convention so that confidence returns to the market.
The Democratic Party denounces what has been said about Libya, including qualifying Libya as a “dirty rich country”, by the German official who chaired the closing session. This description was diplomatically unacceptable, but he later apologized. It would have been better if he had said: Libya is a very rich country, and it should use its wealth in the service of its people.
Libya is a country that does not accept the existence of corruption in its organs, and it is not, as the same official underlined during this conference, the need to “build corruption” to win contracts. We have zero tolerance for corruption in the new Libya.
Finally, we call on the German government to lead the international community to change the dominant colonial stereotype that sees the Arab world as a source of raw materials and a market to throw away their manufactured goods, no more and no less. The time has come, after the outbreak of the Arab Spring revolutions, for the Arab world to be seen as a mutual partner and not as booty.
Libya is a promising emerging market with revenues reaching $ 100 million per day, with no national debt. The Democratic Party is working alongside German companies to lead and carry out the reconstruction of Libya.
Mr. Ahmed Shebani directly calls on the Libyan government to prioritize the rental of services and import of German goods and boycott all things Chinese, as China continues to support dictatorial regimes around the world.