The interim government has issued a statement warning that it will not respond to "unrealistic demands" by protesters, and will do "what it takes" to protect security and stability.
The founder of the Libyan Entrepreneurs Network told The Libya Report that the association is working with the private-sector on a new fund that will provide seed capital for local entrepreneurs. 
The European Commission is to provide €25m (LD40m) in funding to support "transition" in Libya  through programmes in healthcare, education and security and the rule of law.
Libya's prime minister says the government has taken "important decisions" to implement plans and revivie stalled projects, saying that international companies wil be invited to return.
A cabinet meeting held on 19 December reviewed the status of security and public services in Benghazi, and approved an "urgent budget" for local councils in the city.
The General National Congress (GNC) has voted to temporarily close Libya's border crossings with several of its neighbours as the new government attempts to address serious security problems in the south.
The new Minister of Economy last week met visiting a business delegation from Italy, as well as the Canadian and Spanish ambassadors to Libya.
The Libyan Export Promotion Centre (LEPC) invites Libyan exporters to attend a training course in Morocco later this month.
The Ministry of Finance says it is currently drafting Libya's 2013 budget, although its Undersecretary claims the initial budgets drawn up by most ministries were "exaggerated" and should be reduced.
The 2012 edition of Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks Libya joint 160th out of 174 countries, a slight improvement from its previous report and level with Laos and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Figures from the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) show that annual inflation was 8.9% in June, having fallen steadily during the first half of 2012, but consumer prices remain substantially higher than pre-war levels.
A Benghazi-based employee of the Audit Bureau, which was set up last year to review the finances of government institutions, was assaulted last week in the most recent of a series of attacks on the institution.
The local council in Al Bayda, in north-east Libya, says it has started work on schools, water infrastructure and street maintenance.
Central Bank figures show that state finances were in surplus during the first 10 months of 2012, but revenues remain below the levels forecast in the 2012 budget.
Official figures show that the public-sector wages and price subsidies accounted for more than half of total state expenditure in Libya during the first 10 months of 2012.