Syria’s olive oil production is expected to drop by almost half this year because of the poor climatic and security conditions.
Syria’s seed cotton crop is expected to be at only a quarter of its planned output.
Syria’s chambers of industry have provided an update on the destruction of the manufacturing sector in the country.
The Syrian Investment Agency licensed 40 projects in the first eight months of the year, most of them located around Damascus and in the coastal area.
The head of the Damascus Chamber of Industry has refuted claims made by a senior industrialist that most members on its board had relocated abroad in a dispute that highlights tensions among the Syrian business community.
Reports that salaries of civil servants in various parts of Syria are not being paid on time, or not at all, are increasing.
The shares owned by Firas Tlas in the Syrian subsidiary of Lafarge Cement, the global cement manufacturer, have been seized by the Syrian Government.
The text of U.N. Security Council resolution 2170 (2014) adopted on August 15, 2014, calling on all States to act to suppress the flow of foreign fighters, financing and other support to Islamist extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, and putting six persons affiliated to those groups on its terrorist sanctions list.
One of Syria’s state-owned press groups is reportedly planning to issue a daily newspaper to cover Tartous local news.
The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad during his Inauguration ceremony on July 16, 2014.
The text of U.N. Security Council resolution 2165 (2014) adopted on July 14, 2014, on delivering humanitarian “across conflict lines.”
The number of investment projects licensed by the Syrian Investment Agency in the first half of this year was equivalent to its level of 2012, confirming the relative increase in private sector investments in some parts of the country.
Syria’s olive production, a major bread earner in various parts of the country, will be declining this year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
The executive arm of the Syrian opposition is continuing to take various steps to strengthen its credentials in opposition areas and among refugee communities.
Syrianair has announced that its safety accreditation has been renewed by IATA.
Since the beginning of the year, the Syrian Investment Agency has licensed an average of five new projects every months, almost exclusively in the so-called “safe areas” of the country.
The level of Lake Assad is falling seriously according to a Government official, endangering water supplies to large urban centres as well as for irrigation purposes.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham has reportedly imposed a tax on farmers in a bid to raise its revenues.
A recent report by a Syrian research house has confirmed the dramatic decline in Syria’s economic output and the no less tragic rise in poverty and unemployment.
The Central Bank of Syria has revoked the licence of an important moneychanger in Damascus as part of the drive of the Syrian authorities to maintain a grip on the currency market.
The suspension of gas supplies from the Arab Gas Pipeline has led to an increase in power outages in Damascus and surrounding areas.
Two new industrial areas to accommodate manufacturing investments have been established in the coastal city of Lattakia by the Ministry of Local Administration.
Updated May 20, 2014: In spite of limited financial means, the Interim Government of the Syrian opposition has announced plans to restore production at a power plant as well as to relocate within Syrian territory.
The police in the opposition-held parts of Aleppo is starting to benefit from a small 4G Internet network installed thanks to a grant from the United States, according to a local website.
A Presidential decree has established a new public sector university in the central province of Hama.
A local media says that hundreds of lawsuits are being brought against activists based on posts published on Facebook, a claim that may be true but may also be a means of frightening Facebook users and of pressuring them into self-censorship.
Out of two dozen candidates to Syria’s Presidential elections, three have been shortlisted by the Constitutional Court, including, obviously, Bashar Al-Assad.
More than 80 percent of hotels located in Homs are out of service, according to a Government official.
Almost 500,000 companies and professionals are registered with Syria’s Tax Office according to a recent report.
The Syrian Ministry of Economy is preparing to establish a Turkish boycott office working on the same lines than the existing Israel Boycott Office.
The Ministry of Industry has nominated new individuals to sit at the board of the Hama Chamber of Industry in a move largely seen as a reprisal against investors supporting the opposition.
The Syrian Investment Agency has announced that it licensed a number of new investments in the first quarter of this year.
The airport of Qamishli in Syria’s northeast continues to witness relatively strong traffic, as the country’s roads remain insecure.
Syria is extending yet again the deadlines for tenders to build power plants.
The Commercial Bank of Syria is allocating new funds to purchase the wheat crop from farmers.
The Minister of Industry has named new businessmen to the board of the Homs Chamber of Industry.
Billions of Syrian pounds have been lost because of the destruction of the physical infrastructure of higher education institutions, the Ministry has estimated.
In 2013, demand for cement in Syria declined by 60 percent compared to its level prior to the uprising.
The rebuilding of Syria’s manufacturing sector will cost billions of dollars and take up to twenty years according to a recent memo by the Ministry of Industry.
A new Syrian private airliner will start flying a daily round trip from Damascus to Kuwait starting March 30.
Money remittances and postal services
The direct losses incurred by the tourism sector in the city of Aleppo alone amount to USD 500 million, according to an industry analyst.
Syrian Airlines is going to resume regular flights between Damascus and Aleppo, a spokesman of the company said.
The Minister of Health has said that following a recent agreement, Syria was buying from Iran a significant share of the generic medicines it imported.
Syria’s tobacco organisation, a traditionally important contributor to the Treasury, announced a decline in cigarette production volumes last year as several plants stopped production.
In safe areas across the country, several new pharmaceutical plants are being established, including one by the brother of the Syrian first lady.
The Aleppo and Damascus chambers of industry have new boards of directors as new members replace absentees.
The text of U.N. Security Council resolution 2139 (2014) adopted on February 22, 2014, approving all necessary measures to combat ISIS.
The number of kidnapping cases registered in recent months by the government in the province of Aleppo has crossed the 1,500 according to a report in a pro-regime media outlet.
A bomb planted last week under the Carlton Aleppo Hotel, which had opened its doors only a few months before the beginning of the uprising, destroyed parts of the property and killed several soldiers.