ISIS has started using its own currency, the Islamic dinar, to impose fines on inhabitants of Raqqa and other towns under its control.

The state-owned Syrian Insurance Company held almost two thirds of the insurance market in the first half of this year, official data show.

As fiscal revenues remain very low, the Syrian government is on the hunt to generate more income through raising all sorts of taxes and fees and cracking down on tax fraudsters.

The third quarter of this year saw a marked decline in the value of the shares traded in the Damascus Securities Exchange.

The Islamic State has reportedly begun the circulation of its new currency in the city of Raqqa.

At least a third of the government expenses last year were funded by long-term borrowing from the Central Bank of Syria, according to a recent report.

Preliminary data indicate that premiums generated by private sector insurance companies grew by around a third in the first half of this year.

Data from Wikileaks have confirmed that the Central Bank of Syria has deposited significant amounts of its foreign assets in the Russian banking system.

Syria’s government has given more details on its annual budget to pay compensations to pensioners from the public sector, both civilians and members of the armed forces, and their families.

The month of August saw a slight increase in the Syrian stock market index and in the value of shares traded.