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A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.


Manufacturing of paper products


Following our report last week on the spread of H1N1 in Syria, more information is available.


Syria’s inflation rate stood at 38.8 percent in July on an annual basis.


An increasing number of H1N1 virus cases are being reported in Syria, although the number of deaths appears so far limited.


Trade of cosmetics, perfumes and decoration items


The shortages of wheat are leading to an increase in the price of bread in areas under the control of ISIS and the PYD, according to local activists.


Postal services and money transfer


Six municipalities in the opposition-held parts of the Daraa Governorate will see a resumption of waste management services through a new EUR 3.17 million project.


The value of the goods shipped in and out of Syria’s free trade zones declined again last year, according to preliminary estimates.


The Syrian President has issued a decree establishing two new faculties in the University of Tartous.


Foreign exchange trading


The Syria Recovery Trust Fund has approved a new project to supply medical equipment to hospitals located in northern, opposition-controlled Syria.


Syrian industrialists are renewing calls for the establishment of a Turkey boycott office akin to the Israeli Boycott Bureau, a move that has economic as much as political motives.


Kurdish-led areas in northern Syria are continuing to issue new laws, to license businesses and to take other measures that are strengthening their drive to gain more autonomy from the rest of the country.


The Syrian Government has announced a series of investments in Lattakia and Tartous amounting to billions of Syrian Pounds.


Internet is gradually returning to Aleppo after a 7-month suspension, according to an internet intelligence service.


The Syria Recovery Trust Fund is receiving another USD 15 million to fund development projects within opposition-held territories in Syria.


The U.S dollar climbed further in the Syrian foreign currency market this week in spite of attempts by the Central Bank of Syria to curb its rise.


Airstrikes in northern Syria, allegedly from Russian airplanes, have destroyed the factories of two of Syria’s most prominent industrial concerns.


The opposition-managed trust fund has announced a new potable water project in northern Aleppo.


Syria’s olive oil production during the 2014/2015 declined 35 percent on an annual basis according to recent data.


The Ministry of Industry has provided a new estimate for the value of the destruction of the industrial public sector.


Money transfers


Syria’s ministry of electricity has provided a breakdown of its turbines that are at a standstill because of the lack of fuel to feed them.


The Interim Government, the executive arm of the National Coalition, is planning to open a university in Aleppo to host students living in opposition areas.


The opposition-held segment of Aleppo is benefitting from new funds for the collection and treatment of its solid waste.


The trust fund in charge of funding development and humanitarian projects in opposition-held parts of the country announced in August financial agreements worth more than EUR 4 million for new projects.


In New-York, on 27 August 2015, Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, delivered the following statement to the Security Council.


Syria’s inflation rate continued to increase in March and April, according to official data.


Traffic at Syrian airports increased 20 percent on an annual basis in the first half of this year, according to a Government official.


Various groups affiliated to the Syrian opposition are pushing for the replacement of the Syrian Pound by the Turkish Lira in the opposition held northern areas raising a fierce debate among activists and other members of the opposition.


The Syrian Investment Agency, a body licensing and regulating mostly large investments in the manufacturing, agriculture and transport sectors, gave the go ahead to 33 projects in the first half of 2015.


The production of Portland cement by Syria’s state-owned plants declined in the first half of this year, according to official data.


Weeks after the city fell in the hands of rebel groups, Idlib is reportedly witnessing the systematic looting of public and private properties.


The Syrian authorities are continuing to issue legislation targeted at both raising fiscal revenues and encouraging some business sectors.


Syria’s crop of pistachio, of which it is one of the leading producers in the world, is estimated to have fallen significantly last year.


Al-Baraka Bank Syria, an Islamic lender, opened on May 28 a branch in Tartous, the bank’s second in less than six months in the coastal area.


Syria’s free trade zones shipped a total of SYP 84 billion worth of goods last year, according to official data.


Syrian manufacturers who relocated abroad are banned from exporting their products back to Syria, according to Humam Al-Jazairi, the Minister of Economy.


The Syrian Government has increased by around a third, compared to last year, the price it will pay to buy the wheat crop from its farmers.


The General Court of the European Union has rejected an appeal made by Fares Shehabi, the President of the Aleppo Chamber of Industry, to lift sanctions imposed on him.


More than 100 thousand building violations on real estate properties were recorded in the last four years in Damascus and its countryside, according to a Government official.


The Damascus Securities Exchange has announced that it was auctioning off the shares of two prominent Aleppo businessmen.


Idlib, the capital of one of Syria’s fourteen provinces, fell on Saturday outside the control of the regime and in the hands of a coalition grouping opposition forces and the Nusra Front.


Hundreds of historical sites in Syria have been damaged during the conflict, according to a Government official, a fifth of which are in Aleppo.


Four individuals of Syrian origin are listed in the world’s billionaires list published by Forbes magazine, although none of them built his wealth in the country.


The number of companies registered in Syria by the end of last year was slightly above 500,000 according to data from the Ministry of Economy.


Cham Palaces and Hotels, a large chain of upscale hotels across Syria, reported an increase in revenues in 2014 after years of falling occupancy rates.