Libya: a tale of two strategies

Libya is an unusual water market for foreign investors, playing host to water projects at opposite ends of the spectrum, from small, local desalination plants, to the so-called eighth wonder of the world – the Great Man-made River scheme (GMMR).

The country has long relied on desalination plants as a result of its lack of surface water and rainfall. For much of the past two decades, however, the government has concentrated its efforts in the water sector upon the $25 billion GMMR scheme and reduced the rate of construction of new desalination plants.

Today, as part of its plans to attract foreign investment, the government has...

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