The Ministry of Interior is receiving an average of 7,000 demands for passports every day in Damascus, according to local press reports.
Minister Calls on People to Raise Backyard Chickens as Subsistence Economy Takes Hold in Growing Parts of the Country
The Minister of Agriculture has called on Syrian citizens to raise chickens as formal economic patterns are gradually disappearing in growing parts of the country.
On September 18, the Syrian President appointed a new governor to head the province of Raqqa, northeast of the country.
Document: Transcript of the Press Conference by Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Ibrahimi on September 24
The following document is the transcript of a press conference by Lakhdar Ibrahimi, the Special Representative for Syria of the United Nations and Arab League, following a briefing he gave to the Security Council on September 24.
Syria’s Deputy PM in charge of economic affairs warned last week of the risks of the economy falling apart within three months, only to contradict himself a few days later and make unrealistic claims on the strength of the national currency.
Syria’s inflation rate in July reached 36.13 percent on an annual basis, confirming the continuing increase witnessed in consumer prices in the market.
Syria posted a net trade deficit of USD 5.7 billion in 2011, according to the first data released on the country’s foreign trade performance last year.
The United Nations has increased to USD 347 million the money it wants to raise in order to meet the growing humanitarian needs faced by Syria.
For the first time in years, the World Economic Forum has left Syria out of its annual Global Competitiveness Report citing the security conditions in the country.
The Ministry of Finance has frozen the assets of Riad Hijab and Manaf Tlass, the two most senior individualities to have defected from the Syrian government since the beginning of the popular uprising last year.
Syria’s 2013 budget will use an exchange rate of 60 pounds per US dollar, a decrease of around 10 percent compared to this year.
Syria’s stock of heating oil is sufficient to meet demand in the coming winter, the country’s deputy prime minister said.
The increase in Syria’s inflation rate accelerated in June to 36.10 percent on annual basis as the government hiked the prices of gas oil and cooking gas while food prices remained high.
This document is an English language transcript of the interview given by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to Ad-Dunia, a Damascus based TV station on August 29. The translation is from the Syrian News Agency.
The Syrian government has estimated the damage to public infrastructure from the violence gripping the country at SYP 155 billion, while it has officially registered more than 1 million displaced people.
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