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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.


The Syrian government licensed several new pharmaceutical plants last year, a government official said.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with BBC News on February 10, 2015.


A Syrian official has announced that the contract of a Qatari company to develop an upscale hospitality project on the Syrian coast is being terminated.


Syria expects its production and export of olives and olive oil, a major crop in the country, to increase again this year.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Foreign Affairs magazine on January 26, 2015.


Syria’s air transport regulator confirmed that its revenues declined significantly last year as most international airlines rerouted away from Syrian airspace.


A Russian company is starting works on a 600-ton flourmill near the town of TalKalakh.


Updated January 16, 2015: The elections to the board of directors of the Damascus and Aleppo Chambers of Commerce at the end of last year witnessed a significant renewal of membership.


The land area on which wheat and other cereals are grown this year in Syria is well below the target of the government, threatening a new disappointing crop.


The Syrian government has established a university in Tartous, the seventh such institution to be established in the country.


The text of U.N. Security Council resolution 2191 (2014) adopted on December 17, 2014, renewing for twelve months the authorization granted in July to the United Nations and its partners to deliver aid across borders not controlled by the Syrian Government.


Trading of food products; contracting


Sales of the General Organization of Tobacco, a state monopoly that usually generates significant revenues for the Treasury, reached SYP 25 billion in the first nine months of the year, as the company seeks to produce cigarettes under license from a Russian group.


After holding steady for several weeks the Syrian Pound lost again last week some ground relative to the U.S. dollar.


A third of Syria’s pharmaceutical plants have stopped production, while the output of the remaining ones is only at a third of the pre-uprising level, according to an industry executive.


The few large private sector investments still being established in Syria remain concentrated in the coastal area and around Damascus, data from a licensing body shows.


The Syrian President has issued a decree nominating five new Governors in Lattakia, Tartous, Aleppo, Idlib and Quneitra.


Syrian businessman George Obegi passed away last week following a plane accident off the Cypriot coast.


The election held last week at Syria’s chambers of industry saw the arrival of various new faces.


Wael Halqi, the Syrian Prime Minister, inaugurated last week several upscale retail and tourism projects in Tartous worth a combined USD 100 million amid an outcry from regime supporters.


Saccal Holding, a Lebanese manufacturer and distributor of generating sets, recently opened a warehouse in Syria to distribute its products as power cuts continue to impact businesses and households alike.


Occupancy rates in hotels in the coastal area were high during the summer season and in September according to the Chairman of Syria’s Federation of Chambers of Tourism.


United Insurance Company, a private insurance company, said that it replaced one of its directors because of repeated absences from board meetings.


The launch of air strikes by U.S forces has led to the destruction of Syrian oil and food storage assets.


UPDATED on September 23: Reports have emerged that ISIS has taken over a cement plant that represents the largest foreign investment in the country outside the oil sector.


Syria’s olive oil production is expected to drop by almost half this year because of the poor climatic and security conditions.