The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with German TV in July, 2012.
The Syrian President has appointed seven new governors and a new head for the State Planning and International Cooperation Commission.
The Ministry of Economy has raised the price of gas oil, or mazout, for the second time in two months.
Two new faculties have been established at the Aleppo and Baath Universities.
Syria’s sugar beet crop is forecast to decline by 31 percent this year compared to last.
The General Fertilizers Company, a state-owned company, made profits of SYP 2.5 billion last year, while its production of urea was at its highest ever, according its General Manager, JamalEddin Al-Abed.
Updated on June 04, 2012: The Syrian Ministry of Health is looking for new sources of supplies for its medicines, including Iran and Cuba, in a bid to reduce its costs, save foreign currencies and circumvent sanctions.
The table below lists the full list of the members of parliament elected during the legislative elections that took place on May 7, 2012.
Each governorate is a single constituency except for the Aleppo governorate that is divided into two constituencies, one for the city itself and one for all its rural surrounding areas.
The Syrian Company for Grapes Processing, a state-owned entity that produces alcoholic drinks, has reported profits of SYP 50 million last year.
The Public Establishment for Electricity Generation has issued a tender for the extension of the Zara steam power plant.
The number of investment projects licensed by the Syrian Investment Agency fell by 84 percent year on year during the first quarter of 2012.
The number of refugees that have fled Syria to neighbouring countries has now reached 65,070 according to the United Nations refugee agency although the actual number probably dwarfs that figure.
The University of Damascus is opening a new faculty in the southern governorate of Daraa dedicated to veterinary medicine.
The United Nations Security Council passed on April 14 its first resolution on Syria since the beginning of the popular uprising in March 2011, authorising the dispatch of observers to monitor a tentative ceasefire in the country.
The First MicroFinance Institution - Syria, a micro-finance bank, said that it had extended some 20 thousand loans last year.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation said on Saturday that it would send some USD 70 million in humanitarian aid to help Syrians affected by the ongoing conflict in the country.
Rotan Hotels has decided to put on hold three hotel management projects in Syria, according to press reports.
Syrianair, Syria’s state-owned national carrier, is benefitting from the withdrawal of international companies from the market and the unrest in various parts of the country to increase the size of its operations.
A few days before a March 28 deadline, some 1,790 persons are reported to have submitted a bid to become candidates for the next parliamentary election that is expected to be widely boycotted by the opposition.
A bomb blast hit on Saturday a gas pipeline near the eastern city of Deir-ez-Zor leading to the leakage of 700,000 cubic meters of gas.
Manufacturing and trade of aluminum profiles
MAPNA, an Iranian engineering company, has won a contract to build a 470 MW CCP plant in Suweida, south of Syria, according to the Iranian news agency, IRNA.
The Syrian Government has reportedly decided to allocate a percentage of the revenues of oil companies to the development of the Governorates in which these companies are located, the first time this type of measure is adopted in Syria.
The US Dollar crossed the 80 Syrian Pounds level in black market trading at the end of last week and has remained above it since then, as economic and social difficulties continue to pile on Syrians.
Syria’s winter season has been rainy and cold with rainfalls already above annual averages in many parts of the country.
The following text is the full text of the Conclusions of the International Conference of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People on 24 February.
The following text is the full text of the Conclusions of the International Conference of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People on February 24, 2012.
Updated February 23: The number of vehicles on Syrian roads rose 7.88 percent to 2.21 million last year, according to the Ministry of Transport.
Bank of Syria and Overseas became this week the first Syrian commercial bank to report a robbery of one of its branches since the beginning of the unrest gripping Syria last year, highlighting the growing insecurity in several parts of the country.
Syria’s poultry sector produced about 3.5 billion eggs and 200,000 tons of meat last year, according to a report by the Federation of Chambers of Agriculture (FCA).
Updated February 15: Syria raised the prices of petroleum coke and kerosene sold in the local market as well as that of fertilisers.
A bomb blast hit on Wednesday morning a 12” pipeline supplying gas oil to Damascus, an attack attributed by SANA, the official Syrian news agency, to “an armed terrorist group,” and by an opposition group to misfiring by the Syrian army.
A total of four political parties have been licensed to this date by the Syrian Government under the Party Law enacted last year.
The Ministry of Education has announced the dates for the high school end-of-year exams as students in many areas of the country continue to have difficulties to access their schools because of the unrest.
The suspension of production at National Sugar Company is due to a legal dispute, not the security situation in the country, minority shareholders of the company have said.
The Syrian Commission on Financial Markets and Securities has announced that all shares owned by Issam Anbouba, a local businessman, and his three sons in public joint-stock companies would be frozen following a court order.
Nagib Assaf, a founding shareholder in National Sugar Company, one of two private refiners in the country, has announced the suspension of operations in the company because of the unrest gripping the country, as a local court asked for a freeze of his assets.
The Syrian Government will disburse this year some SYP 13.5 billion to support the purchase by farmers of their agricultural inputs.
A bomb blast targeted this morning a 24” gas pipeline supplying the power plant of Banias, according to the Syrian news agency, SANA.
Al-Ahliah Transport, one of the largest passenger transport companies in the country, announced a 30 percent decline in revenues last year on the back of the unrest resulting from the popular uprising that began in March.
The Syrian Government has announced the formal launch of a scheme to build 50,000 low cost housing units across the country in a bid to supply affordable housing for the population.
Power outages and attacks on the power distribution network have cost the Syrian economy an estimated SYP 23 billion, or around USD 400 million, according to the Minister of Electricity.