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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.


In a trade fair organized in Beirut last week, Syrian garment exporters managed to clinch contracts worth dozens of millions of dollars.


Preliminary statistics from the ministry of industry show that at least 1,200 factories and plants from the private sector were destroyed in Syria’s main industrial centres in the last three years of conflict.


A civilian plane landed on Aleppo Airport last week for the first time in around a year.


Syrian Kurds are growing increasingly assertive and forming local administrations in the parts of the country where they form a majority.


Inflation data for the month of June 2013, which were released only now by the Syrian government, confirm the surge in retail prices across all product segments.


The state power distribution utility has signed dozens of contracts with Iranian, Chinese, and Korean companies for the supply of electrical equipment in the last two years, according to a state daily.


The government has announced that a gang forging property records worth billions of pounds in Aleppo has been arrested.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with AFP on January 20, 2014.


Bemo Saudi Fransi Finance remained the largest broker in the Damascus Securities Exchange last year, according to data published by the Syrian bourse.


The production of Portland cement by Syrian state plants continues to be well below planned levels.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Al-Ikhbariya TV in 2013.


Syria’s higher education institutions have suffered losses of around 5 billion pounds since the beginning of the uprising, according to the Minister of Higher Education.


Provision of quality control services


In addition to the coastal area, the Suweida governorate is among the rare parts of Syria to witness some level of business activity.


The Syrian power generation utility is extending the deadlines for several tenders as it fails to attract interest from foreign contractors.


The war in Syria has damaged the country’s telecoms infrastructure to a large extent, the Minister of Telecommunication said.


Almost 50 percent of all Syrian companies are located in the governorates of Aleppo, Damascus and Damascus Countryside, records from the Ministry of Economy show.


Syria’s 2012/2013 olive crop has remained stable, according to estimates from the Ministry of Agriculture.


Education services to all age grades


Syrianair has suspended all its flights to Egypt, the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority has announced.


The Syrian Pound lost last week some of the ground it gained against the dollar in the previous week.


Data from the Syrian Investment Agency, and other anecdotal evidence, indicate that there has been an increase in recent weeks in the number of investment projects established in the coastal area.


The Syrian pound surged in recent days against the dollar, going back to levels not seen in months.


The two most traded stocks in the Damascus Securities Exchange during the first three quarters of this year are affiliates of Qatari institutions, although politics has little to do with this.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Der Spiegel on October 07, 2013.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Tishreen newspaper on October 06, 2013.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Latin American TeleSur TV on September 26, 2013.


Syria’s official inflation rate continued to increase last May, according to official data.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Fox News on September 19, 2013.


Syria’s state-owned textile companies have accumulated losses of 17.6 billion pounds from the violence of the last two years and seen countless companies, including all those in Aleppo, stop production.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Rossiya 24 TV on September 12, 2013.


Two new pharmaceutical plants are being established in the province of Tartous as Syrian manufacturers are favouring relative safe areas of the country.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Russian Izvestia newspaper on August 26, 2013.