The value of the Syrian pound relative to the dollar continued to rise in recent weeks although the trend is unlikely to last.

The Syrian Prime Minister has criticized his predecessor for spending 14 billion dollars of foreign currency reserves, while announcing the doubling of a tax dedicated to finance reconstruction.

The size of remittances sent by Syrians living in Germany more than tripled last year.

The value of trading in the Damascus Securities Exchange last month was mostly unchanged as was its main index.

The relative stable situation in vast parts of western Syria have enabled private commercial banks in the first half of this year to post a slight improvement in their main indicators.

Lebanon’s BLOM has said that it deconsolidated its Syrian operations in order to protect itself from international sanctions.

The main index of the Damascus stock exchange rose again slightly in July after several months of decline.

Updated on July 21, 2017: Syria’s private commercial banks, which saw last year their assets fall to a fraction of what they were in 2010 and now barely breakeven, are unable to finance any meaningful reconstruction drive.

Revenues from the customs department, which represents a rare source of stable government revenues, increased again in the first half of this year, according to an official.

The Central Bank of Syria has started circulating a new banknote, for the first time with the face of Bashar Al-Assad on it.