Dwindling export volumes have led the IMF, in its latest World Economic Outlook, released last week, to raise its budget breakeven oil price forecast for Libya for 2014 to almost $190/B.

“We have enough funds for three years without getting a single cent from oil,” the head of the CBL reserves department Musbah Alkari told the Libya Herald on 6 April. He says the bank has over $115bn in foreign currency reserves placed outside the country in banks like HSBC, Bank of New York and Barclays. Around 60% held in dollars and the remainder in euros and sterling, he says. (CONTINUED - 442 WORDS)