A LEEDS-based business is set to play a significant role in UK-backed initiatives to improve law and order in Libya.
WYG, the project management and technical consultancy business, has been appointed as the key partner in a consortium that has been awarded a contract in Libya by the Department for International Development (DFID).
The contract forms part of the UK’s Security, Justice and Defence programme in Libya, funded and overseen jointly by DFID, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and Ministry of Defence.
Under the contract WYG, in a joint venture with the Australian professional infrastructure and environmental services company Cardno, will deliver the first phase of a programme to support the Libyan authorities in providing more security, justice and defence for its citizens, over a period of up to 34 months.
A WYG spokesman said: “Our initial work will culminate in the delivery of an inception report which, if accepted, we expect to lead to further work on the project which has a total potential value of approximately £28m and would involve overseeing the training of police officers and judicial police.
“Other components would include improving court administration and security, securing munitions, and weapons stockpiling and decommissioning.
Paul Hamer, the chief executive of WYG, said yesterday: ”This contract win is a major achievement, as it is the single largest stabilisation project in Libya tendered by DFID to date, demonstrating WYG’s expertise and leadership in delivering critical, strategic programmes in fragile and conflict affected states.
“It builds on our experience in delivering large scale and complex projects, which include the £68m infrastructure Projects Facility (IPF) in the Western Balkans, and positions us well to continue building on our key strength in fragile states by converting our strong pipeline of opportunities.”
Parts of Libya remain unstable following the uprising that led to the overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Law and order in southern Libya is particularly fragile, said Mr Hamer.