The US Treasury has blacklisted a number of new individuals and entities for their support of the Syrian regime, including a Russian bank.
An attempt by the Syrian government to limit import trade has created a black market for import licenses granted to local traders.
Syria has applied to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, according to the deputy Minister of Economy.
Out of two dozen candidates to Syria’s Presidential elections, three have been shortlisted by the Constitutional Court, including, obviously, Bashar Al-Assad.
The American Administration has upgraded the representation in the US of the National Coalition, the largest grouping of Syrian opposition forces, to a “foreign mission,” giving it a small political boost.
Syria issued more than 1 million passports for its citizens last year, a Government official said.
Bilateral trade between Syria and Turkey doubled last year on an annual basis, official statistics show, although it remained well below pre-uprising levels.
According to a Government official, up to 15,000 Syrians have been kidnapped since the beginning of the conflict, a number that does not include dozens of thousands arrested by Government forces.
Syria’s Presidential election, largely expected to be a farce, will take place on June 3.
The Syrian government has signed food import contracts worth EUR 230 million under an Iranian credit line granted last year.
The Syrian Ministry of Economy is preparing to establish a Turkish boycott office working on the same lines than the existing Israel Boycott Office.
The World Bank has allocated $200 million to Jordan and is planning to spend $50 million in Lebanon to help these two countries support the impact of the Syrian crisis, Inger Andersen the Vice-President for the MENA region said.
Syria’s inflation rate showed a rare month-to-month decline last November, according to official statistics.
The Syrian Investment Agency has announced that it licensed a number of new investments in the first quarter of this year.
The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon crossed the million mark last week, according to the United Nations.
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