The last few years have witnessed a sharp fall in Syria's population growth rates after over three decades of spiralling increases that were among the highest in the world.
Although the last two years have witnessed a new spirit in the way the country is managed, the speed of the economic reforms is still desperately slow.
In his speech, last December, before the newly-sworn in cabinet, Bashar al Assad felt necessary to mention, among the general policy guidelines he laid down for his government, one specific sector he thought his newly nominated team had to address urgently, the water crisis his country is facing.
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