The number of companies registered in the province of Tartous last year increased 54 percent on an annual basis, according to a state official.
Syria’s 2014 budget has been approved and will increase by only 5 percent in nominal terms.
In addition to the coastal area, the Suweida governorate is among the rare parts of Syria to witness some level of business activity.
Syria’s unemployment rate rose to 60 percent and its GDP declined by 45 percent compared to 2011, according to estimates from ESCWA.
The United Nations has requested $6.5 billion in funds to help it cope with the humanitarian situation of Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons.
Jordan has estimated that the cost of hosting Syrian refugees will increase to USD 2 billion by the end of this year.
The visit to Tehran last week by the Syrian Prime Minister and a government delegation drew little apparent economic results.
Syrian refugee households in Lebanon spend an average of USD 520 a month, according to the findings of a recent survey.
Government data have confirmed a dramatic plunge in Syria’s foreign trade in the last two years.
Almost 50 percent of all Syrian companies are located in the governorates of Aleppo, Damascus and Damascus Countryside, records from the Ministry of Economy show.
The closure of the Damascus-Homs highway by the Syrian opposition is leading to fuel shortages in the Syrian capital.
The Ministry of Economy has announced a new set of price controls on various consumer products.
Syria’s Democratic Union Party, or PYD according to its Kurdish acronym, a hardline Kurdish group, announced the formation of a transitional civil authority in the majority Kurdish areas of Syria.
Syria’s main opposition group, the National Coalition, announced last week the formation of a government to administer the parts of Syria that are no more under regime control, putting the country in the awkward situation of having, formally, two governments.
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