Two sets of preliminary data have confirmed that, excluding oil products, Syria’s foreign trade has become largely dominated by food commodities and phosphate.
The Syrian government has extended price controls on a large list of new consumer items in a bid to put a lid on inflation.
The number of Syrian refugees or in the process of registration with the UN aid agency crossed the 2.5 million mark last week.
Syria’s imports from Lebanon increased to $524 million in 2013 as the country increasingly relied on its smaller neighbor to transit its oil procurements.
The number of kidnapping cases registered in recent months by the government in the province of Aleppo has crossed the 1,500 according to a report in a pro-regime media outlet.
The rising number of unemployed is putting a strain on the budget of the Social Security Organisation, according to one of its officials.
The number of Syrian refugees based in Lebanon has crossed the 900,000 mark, according to data from the UN humanitarian agency.
Syrian Kurds are growing increasingly assertive and forming local administrations in the parts of the country where they form a majority.
Among all companies established last year in Turkey with foreign shareholders, Syrians ranked first in the list of foreign nationalities, an indication that many are planning to say indefinitely.
Inflation data for the month of June 2013, which were released only now by the Syrian government, confirm the surge in retail prices across all product segments.
At a conference in Kuwait last week, donor countries pledged $2.4 billion to help Syrian refugees and displaced persons, only around a third of the money the UN requested.
The call for proposal to destroy Syria’s chemical stock drew bids from 14 international companies, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in a statement.
The Syrian government has revised upwards its estimate of the total cost of the war on the country’s infrastructure and public sector assets.
Syria’s customs revenues declined a further 10 percent in nominal terms last year, according to preliminary data.
The Syrian Investment Agency licensed last year 49 projects, most of which are located in safe areas of the country.


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