Libya: Benghazi seeking Italian partners for historic centre

Conference Monday aimed at reconstruction

21 March, 13:55

    CAIRO - The municipality of Benghazi, Libya is working with the Italian Consulate General to promote a closer partnership between the Italian system and the Libyan authorities to facilitate the reconstruction of the old city of Benghazi, according to a press release from the Italian Consulate General in Benghazi.

    The statement said there are about 170 buildings, some of which were destroyed and others severely damaged by war events, including the historic Al Manar Palace, where Libyan independence was proclaimed in 1951.

    Another building is the Italian property where the Italian Consulate General is housed, which it said suffered extensive damage and is currently inaccessible.

    The statement said presentations will be made by Italian academics and architects who are experts in restoration, urban planning, history of architecture.

    The experts come from the universities of Brescia, Rome's La Sapienza, and Venice, as well as the Italy-Libya Friendship and Cooperation Association and the Region of Emilia Romagna.

    The press release said that during the conference there will also be a presentation on the Made in Italy restoration supply chain, from tradition to innovation by AssoRestauro, ANCE, CNA, and OICE.

    It said attendees expected at the event include Benghazi Mayor Sagir Bujuary; Italian Consul General Carlo Batori; Libyan Central Bank Deputy Governor Ali El Hibri; the head of the government fund for the reconstruction of the cities of Benghazi and Derna, Ali Abdel Afees; as well as members of the academy, experts, technicians, municipal officials, public and private investors, Libyan and international entrepreneurs and representatives of international organizations.

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