The retirement age for certain categories of wage earners and employees has been lowered to 55 years for men and 50 years for women.
President Basshar al Assad issued a decree on December 31 amending several articles governing the social security system.
The Investment Higher Council (IHC) gave the go ahead to 92 new industrial and agricultural projects put forward by Syrian and Arab investors.
In a speech to members of the National Progressive Front, the Syrian Prime Minister said that one of his government's priorities will be to clear the numerous obstacles that hinder private investment.
Syrian President Bashar Assad granted on Tuesday Syrian public sector employees bonuses amounting to 50 of their monthly salaries, on the occasion of Eid al Futr, said SANA, the state news agency.
The Syrian government is planning to merge the different agencies that are in charge of managing the public sector foreign trade, reported Al Sharq al Awsat.
The latest figures released by the Syrian press give a more detailed look at next year's budget figures.
In an interview to Al Hayat, Khaled al Mahayni, the Syrian minister of finance said that revenues from oil will make up 50.2% of the state expected revenues for next year.
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad signed into effect a law yesterday creating an agency to battle the country's severe unemployment, which touches an estimated 20 per cent of Syria's job-age population, reported the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
Lebanon's parliament passed a law on Wednesday for the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT), which is expected to significantly raise government revenues.
Syria's parliament on Thursday passed a 2002 budget projecting expenditure of SYP356 billion (US$7.66 billion), a 10 percent increase on the previous year's spending, reported the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
The Syrian parliament is reviewing a government draft law to launch a SYP50 billion (US$1 billion) program to fight the nation's unemployment problem, reported Al Thawra.
In its latest meeting, the Investment Higher Council gave the go ahead to over 102 projects for a total amount of SYP26.6bn (US$532 million), reported Al-Baath.
The Saudi government is in talks with six Arab and Muslim states to sell off its stake in seven joint-venture companies, including the Saudi-Syria company for industrial and agricultural investment, said Al Mustaqbal.
The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) revealed that GDP growth for year 2000 reached 0.6%.


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