WASHINGTON Oct 20 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.