Income generating through rehabilitation of historical old cities

24 Dec 2013

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Tripoli, Libya-
The United Nations Development programme and the authority of historical cities of Libya- Ministry of Local Government signed a project document on December 23, 2013 to launch income generating activities through the rehabilitation of old historical cities in Libya.

In a ceremony organized and hosted by the Ministry of Local Government, the UNDP Country Director, Mr. Eric Overvest, Mr. Saleh Saeed Mohammed on behalf of Ministry of Local Government and Mr. El SdekOmranElrgeg, General Manager of the Historical Cities Authority signed on the project document.

The rehabilitation project will start the implementation in January 2014and is expected to create direct employment opportunities for about 500 local residents of Sebha and its environs. The project has two years life span with a total budget of about US$ 2.4 million.

In addition to renovating the historical buildings, the project will have an impact on the livelihoods of the population in the area as it will create income for the private sector, traditional handicrafts and businesses working for the rehabilitation of the old town. After the renovation, it is expected that tourism sector will also start to flourish as most of the old cities of Libya have a remarkable and unique architecture styles.

Through this project UNDP will play a role in creating employment and income generating activities and strengthening community-level engagement in the implementation of the project.The long term objective of the project is to create an enabling environment for local communities to establish micro and small scale businesses.

Reports indicate that similar programme was implemented in Ghadamesarea in 2004 by UNDP and the project was successful and contributed in developing the tourism sector and local economic recovery. After the 2011 revolution,Sabhais the first historical city benefiting from the project and it is expected that the project will be replicated in other areas of Libya in cooperation with different stakeholders including national institutions, the private sector, civil society organizations and UNESCO.