UPDATE 1-IMF, World Bank to visit Libya again-IMF spokesman

Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:08am EDT

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WASHINGTON Oct 20 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have visited Libya and will return there in "coming weeks" to assess economic and financial needs, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday.

Officials from the IMF and World Bank visited Libya between Oct. 6 and 13 to conduct a fact-finding mission on the economy and public financial management issues, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters.

"Follow-up missions are planned to undertake a needs assessment," he said but was unable to give dates.

The next visit to Libya by the international institutions comes amid media reports that deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had been killed on Thursday near Sirte although details were still unclear.

The World Bank said in September it had been asked to repair water, energy and transport sectors as Libya's ruling National Transitional Council focuses on rebuilding Libya.

After four decades of Gaddafi's personalized rule, Libya does not have a regular state structure and state services are poorly run. There were attempts under Gaddafi to modernize the oil-based economy and government services by passing laws to attract investment but much of the effort was wasted.

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