Ihya Libya Vision 2030 includes a pillar dedicated to infrastructure, setting out targets to establish a system that connects all towns and cities with high-quality roads, communications networks, electricity and water supplies, and advanced social facilities, providing access to education and social services for all citizens. The infrastructure pillar of Ihya Libya Vision 2030 outlines key objectives that include evaluating existing infrastructure developments to ensure that they align with national priorities. To achieve this, the initiative will establish a national infrastructure fund and strategy, and develop a public-private partnership framework to secure financing that will be allocated based on a merit-based system. Municipalities are set to receive a significant boost to their development plans thanks to the various transformation projects outlined by Ihya Libya Vision 2030. With the aim of addressing economic and social disparities, the framework recognises the need for local development strategies that are tailored to the needs of each region. This will allow for municipalities like Misrata to have a greater role in planning and development, providing a more nuanced approach to investment.

Misrata has made progress in its economic recovery, and infrastructure has been a critical factor in this development. The Misurata Free Zone (MFZ) and its port have attracted a range of industries, including textiles, chemicals, food processing and electronics. Since its establishment in 2002, the MFZ has played a significant role in creating a thriving business environment in the city. Additionally, the Port of Misrata, the largest in Libya, serves as a gateway for imports and exports, and boasts modern facilities that can handle various types of cargo.

The city’s road connectivity has been instrumental in its economic recovery. The coastal highway links Misrata to other major cities, as well as Tunisia and Egypt. Similarly, the Trans-Saharan Highway, which runs through Misrata, provides a crucial link to Chad and Niger, signifying new business opportunities for the city.

Recent developments in power infrastructure have also contributed to the city’s economic recovery, with a new power plant allowing reliable electricity provision. This has been particularly important for the city’s industries, which require uninterrupted power supply. Furthermore, the construction of a new airport terminal will contribute significantly to local economic well-being and regional connectivity. The terminal expansion will make the city more accessible to international markets, attracting foreign investors and boosting growth. The proposed railway connecting Misrata to Egypt will provide an alternative and cost-effective means of transporting goods from Central and West Africa to the Mediterranean and beyond. The railway line will be part of the larger Trans-Saharan Railway, which aims to connect Senegal to Sudan via Chad and Niger.

In the coming years construction and infrastructure will continue to play a crucial role in Misrata’s economic recovery. Ultimately, planned developments will facilitate the growth of local businesses and make the city more attractive to foreign investors, which in turn generates more opportunities for economic growth.