The main indicators of the Damascus Securities Exchange witnessed an overall positive performance last year when measured on a nominal basis, although the Syrian bourse remains largely disconnected from the economy at large.

Revenues from the customs department increased by around two thirds last year, representing now a meaningful source of income for the Syrian treasury.

Last week saw the addition of several individuals and entities based in Syria by the United Nations and the United States.

The value of the Syrian Pound relative to the dollar has increased in the past month as the regime gained ground in the battle over Aleppo and in other parts of Syria.

The Ministry of Finance has put a cap on premiums generated by private sector companies from third-party insurance in a bid to increase revenues at the state-owned insurance company.

The average wealth of Syrians in 2016 is only around a quarter of what it was before the uprising, a recent study has found.

For the third month in a row, trading activity at the Damascus Securities Exchange remained extremely limited in November.

Data from the Commercial Bank of Syria, Syria's largest bank, indicate that it loans almost exclusively to the public sector.

Since the beginning of the uprising, Syria's public debt has multiplied by 11, Adib Mayaleh, the Minister of Economy has said.

While the Syrian Pound continues to lose ground in the local foreign currency market, its rate of decline is slower since the beginning of the summer.