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Syria continues to suffer from power shortages around a month after the electricity crisis began.


Syria’s production of sugar beet is expected to reach 1.4 million tons in 2007, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.


The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a loan of USD 20 million to Syria as part-financing of a project to create employment opportunities and reduce water shortages for rural populations.


The Syrian Investment Commission has licensed 30 investment projects that are worth a total investment cost of SYP 12.27 billion.

The building of an oil refinery in Deir-ez-Zor moved further ahead following the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding between the Minsitry of Oil and Noor Financial Investment Company

The Ministry of Oil has invited international oil companies to bid for the exploration of four offshore blocks. This is the first time Syria offers offshore areas for exploration

During a visit to the city of Deir-ez-Zor, the Syrian President laid the foundation stone to a number of projects worth a total of close to SYP 20 billion (USD 400 million)
The General Organization for Free Zones (GOFZ) has given a preliminary license to private investors for the set-up of a privately-managed free trade areas, according to Mr. Ahmed Abdul Aziz, director general of the Organization

Syria is moving closer to build its first privately-held oil refinery, according to Abdallah Dardari, Deputy Prime Minister.

The Government is planning to be build the Deir-ez-Zor Industrial City (DZIC) on a turnkey basis, according to Al-Baath.

Mohamed Abdulmohsin Kharafi and Sons of Kuwait (Kharafi) has started operations of Syria’s first radio taxi project in Damascus known as Star Taxi.


The General Organization for Free Zones (GOFZ) plans to partner with private firms to build and manage new free zones, according to Ahmed Abdul Aziz, director general of the Organization.


Two new industrial areas are going to be built in Deir-ez-Zor, the eastern Syrian province, and Idlib, in the north west of the country.


The Industrial Bank of Syria has gained some breathing space and will be on the offensive again this year, according to Anis Al-Maaraoui, Director General of the Bank.


Ten new blocks will be offered for concession in the coming two months according to the Syrian Minister of Petroleum

The volume of investment in the tourism sector stood at SYP 109 billion in 2006, according to Saadallah Agha Al-Qalaa

Syria's export of wheat grew 100 percent in 2006, according to the General Establishment for Cereal Processing and Trade.


Noor Financial Investment Company (Noor), a Kuwait-based investment firm, will start building a new oil refinery in Syria before the end of 2007


Only a few weeks after it was enacted the changes to the income tax law have been criticised by members of the local business community.


The Cabinet is due to approve the establishment of a fourth industrial city near Deir-ez-Zor, in the northeast of the country


Shell’s new investment in Syria is part of a long-term strategy says Campbell Keir, General Manager of Shell Syria, following the signing of two production sharing contracts with the Ministry of Oil


The production of phosphate in the first three quarters of this year is in line with projections.


The Ministry of Health has inaugurated three new hospitals in the rural areas around the cities of Aleppo, Lattakia and Hama.


Iberdrola is in discussion with the Ministry of Electricity to build a 100-MW wind power plant.

Syria and Iran have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a new industrial city dedicated to Iranian investments in the city of Hessia 47 km south of Homs.
The Islamic Development Bank has accepted to part-finance the building of the third phase of the Arab Gas Pipeline that will run from the Jordanian border to the city of Homs.
The Investment Bureau gave its nod to 212 investment projects in the first half of this year.
A new university based in the eastern city of Deir-ez-Zor has been established following a Presidential decree in that sense.

A German company is expected to be the first private sector operator in the Syrian electricity field after four decades of state monopoly.


The Government approved on May 2 the set-up of the "Eastern Region Development council", which will have the task to coordinate development programs in the three eastern provinces of Hassakeh, Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor.


Syria has increased its cotton ginning capacity after the inauguration of a new ginning plant in Deir-ez-Zor with an annual capacity of 100 000 tonnes.


IFAD is providing a new concessionary loan of USD 13 million for the development of the rural areas of the north-eastern part of the country.


Iberinco, a subsidiary of Spain’s Iberdrola has won the EUR 430 million contract to build a 760-MW combined cycle power plant in Deir-ez-Zor.

3 million passengers used Syrian airports in 2005, according to preliminary figures from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation published in al-Thawra.

The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) is providing Syria a loan of USD 100 million to part-finance the building of a 750-MW combined cycle power plant in the eastern city of Deir-ez-Zor.


The General Establishment of Cereals Trade and Processing (also known as Hoboob) is investing SYP 2.4 billion (USD 45 million) in the building of 21 new silos throughout the country.


The Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources has received 23 bids from thirteen different companies for exploration works on the nine blocks offered for tender in the round held last December in Damascus.


Syria is planning to double its oil refining capacity in the coming five years and switch its exports towards refined products, according to Ibrahim Haddad, Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources.

Syria has signed a memorandum of understanding with a Russian company for the construction of a USD 2.7 billion refinery and petrochemical plant in Deir-ez-Zor.
The Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership (FEMIP) is granting a EUR 200 million loan for the construction of the Deir-ez-Zor Power Plant in Syria.

France’s Total has denied that it was currently holding discussions with the Syrian Government for the building of a new refinery.

The decrease in oil production levels is prompting the Syrian government to open new blocks for drilling to Arab and other foreign companies.

Syria is engaged in negotiations with French, Chinese and Russian firms for oil projects worth USD 4.4 billion, Abdallah Dardari, Syria’s deputy PM for economic affairs, said during a conference in Manama.

Trade relations between Syria and India increased by 850 percent over the last eight years according to a communiqué from the Indian embassy in Damascus.
Petro-Canada, one of the last major foreign stakeholders in Syria’s oil sector, is to sell its 18.7% share of the Al Furat Petroleum Company (AFPC), Syria’s leading national petroleum company, the Syria Report has learned.
Syria has faced up to the levels of poverty in its country, with the release of a nationwide UNDP report, produced in conjunction with the State Planning Commission, showing that between 2003-2004 almost 2 million individuals, or 11.4% of the populatio...
The nation wide census conducted last year by the Central Bureau of Statistics has started to yield its first results.
The International Bank for Trade and Finance (IBTF) has opened its first branch in Aleppo and the second in the country.
According to the annual report of the Investment Bureau, the Investment Higher Council licensed a total of 759 investment applications for a total paper value of SYP 203.6 billion (around USD 3.85 billion).
The EU is providing a EUR 18 million loan to Syria under the MEDA programme to ensure better management of the country’s big cities - including developing city properties, attracting private investment, creating jobs and boosting services such as...