Private capital required to expand Libyan healthcare infrastructure
Investors from Middle East to meet at Hospital Build & Infrastructure Middle East Exhibition & Congress, to discuss ways to achieve national healthcare goals within Libya.
Investing in Libya’s healthcare system is an opportunity to accelerate national economic development and growth, contribute to improving the quality of healthcare services and a move closer to achieving objectives of Libya’s national healthcare strategies and the country’s development goals. Investors from across the Middle East will be meeting at the Hospital Build & Infrastructure Middle East Exhibition & Congress, which will run from 3-5 June 2013 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, to discuss ways to achieve national healthcare goals within Libya.
The Libyan Ministry of Health has recently concluded a strategic master plan for healthcare requirements over the coming years. An enormous amount of private capital will be required to enhance and expand Libyan healthcare infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population and to accelerate the growth of medical tourism in the country. Much like elsewhere in the region, there is a strong demand for tertiary care hospitals, with emphasis on the treatment of lifestyle diseases and specialised care.
According to Dr Ing. Hatem S. Aldarrat, General Manager, United Libya, an integrated solutions provider for hospital management and medical supplies, and exhibitor at the upcoming Hospital Build & Infrastructure Middle East Exhibition, “In Libya, the best investment opportunities lie in the building, equipping and management of hospitals and polyclinics; on both a government and private level. Another opportunity is the build and operation of pharmaceutical factories to cover the local and regional needs for general and specialised medicine.
“There is also an immediate need for medical education and training, which could provide additional opportunities for private sector providers or public-private-partnerships (PPP) within Libya. The communications technology that enables telemedicine could also be used to deliver training.”
With reference to their own project pipeline, Dr. Aldarrat said that United Libya is in the process of submitting their offer for executing the design, build and operation of 33 prefabricated general and specialised government hospitals across the Libya, each with the capacity for 60-120 beds. Among other things, United Libya is also looking to establish a series of private hospitals and clinics in different cities in Libya in affiliation with international hospitals and clinic.
Hospital Build & Infrastructure Middle East is organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibition and will bring together investors, commissioners, backers and managers of major healthcare building projects together with planning, design, building, operations, management and refurbishment suppliers. Running alongside the exhibition is a multi-disciplinary congress consisting of four leading conferences that will focus on delivering up-to-date information which will address all the disciplines involved with the hospital build process in the Middle East.
“Despite the fact that the share of private healthcare investment in Libya remains small, it appears that the government is now actively encouraging investment from private companies. Better policy regulations and the establishment of PPPs are one of possible solutions to encourage growth in the Libyan healthcare industry. Hospital Build & Infrastructure Middle East is a great platform for all interested parties to lay the foundations for collaboration for healthcare projects across the Middle East,” says Simon Page, Managing Director, and Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions.
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