Leaks reveal weird agreement between GNA and a company close to Erdogan
The leaks revealed the agreement was signed by GNA Minister of Finance, Faraj Bumatri and Turkish businessman, Mohammad Kokabasha. The agreement stipulates delivery of the Libyan customs to the Turkish company, SCK, giving it the authority to monitor all goods imported to Tripoli and providing it with unprecedented commission to control Libya’s imports.
According to the leaks, the agreement allows the company to monitor data and statistics of all Libya’s imports with all details of variety, origin, and quantity. The agreement will last 8 years and a single party shall not end it with a single party resolution. The contract is automatically renewed for other 8 years in case a party did not express willingness to cancel the contract 6 months before it expires.
GNA allowed the Turkish company to cut off 70% of the import total in the first five months and 60% of the imports in the three following years. The company is given the right to establish a headquarter in Libya to do its activities.
In turn, Maritime Chamber in Libya sent a letter to GNA, expressing its surprise of allowing a foreign company to run the national customs, which sparks fears of corruption along with the agreement. The Chamber also pointed out that allowing a foreign company to intervene into sovereign Libyan entities facilitates controlling databases and statistics of the strategic warehouses and considered this information confidential.
The letter revealed that the Turkish company is not clearly international, except for some unstable African countries which suffer confusion and financial corruption. In addition, the form and provisions of the contract prevent any national government in Libya to cancel it in the future in case the Turkish company failed, which will cost the Libyan government huge financial losses.