Syrian official data have confirmed that inflation continued to decelerate at the beginning of last year.
Chinese companies are increasingly enquiring about business opportunities in Syria, although no funding for reconstruction is expected to come from Beijing.
Iranian media are reporting increasing concerns that their companies will be squeezed out from the Syrian market by Russia, which is itself pressing for Damascus to repay its debts.
A Syrian official has given some details about the administrative reform plan the government is conducting under the instructions of Bashar Al-Assad.
Data from several business sectors are confirming that Syria’s economy likely grew last year.
Data as well as official decisions by the Syrian government confirm that its spending priorities continue to go to its core constituency of the coastal area in addition to the families of the soldiers who died fighting for the regime.
The Raqqa Civil Council has announced several new economic initiatives as it strives to restore normal life in the city.
The average monthly income needed to meet the requirements of an average household in Damascus has mostly remained unchanged last year, the first time it does not increase since 2011, according to a pro-regime media.
Recent statements by American officials but also reports from Raqqa suggest that the United States is considering getting involved in some form of reconstruction in Syria’s northeastern region.
The Syrian President has conducted a minor government reshuffle including the defence portfolio.
The Syrian government’s attempts to lure Russian direct investments, including in the cement industry, have limited chances of succeeding.
Syria’s foreign trade value, composed overwhelmingly of imports, increased by some 18 percent in the first ten months of 2017, according to official reports.
Russia is increasingly clear about its intentions to acquire economic assets in Syria and capitalize on its military and political support to the regime to generate financial returns.
A Russian official has expressed what is the bluntest statement to date on Russia’s ambition to get hold of as much of Syria’s energy and other economic resources as possible.
At the beginning of this month the government made public for the first time some information on its efforts to devise a long-term strategy for post-war Syria.


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