The Israeli government has moved forward with a new settlement policy that plans to double, and eventually quadruple, the Israeli settler population in the Golan Heights. In opposition to the plan, hundreds of Syrians, most of whom are from the Druze community, in the village of Masada protested against Israel’s policy to increase settlements, while a number of Israeli media outlets have questioned the government’s policy.
Two international tour agencies have recently restarted operations in Syria after the government resumed authorising tourist visas for foreign travellers earlier this month. A company from the UK and another from Germany have advertised tours to Syria for later this year and into next year.
Last month, the Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria announced plans to develop and improve internet services, revealing offers by telecom operators that may start replacing Turkish and Syrian ones. Meanwhile, in Northwest Syria, the Syrian Salvation Government has monopolised internet services. 
In December 2020, Syria’s annual inflation rate reached a record high of 163.1 percent, the largest year-on-year increase in decades, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.
Last month, an Iranian private insurance company announced that its first foreign branch will soon be established in Syria. Having obtained the necessary approvals, Mellat Insurance Company (MIC) – a US-sanctioned company that belongs to the Execution of Imam Khomeini's Order, a parastatal organisation under the direct control of Iran’s Supreme Leader – will be the first Iranian company to enter Syria’s insurance sector.
Osman Aidi, a well-known hotelier and businessman in Syria, passed away at the age of ninety last week. Although state-owned media did not report on his death, Mr Aidi was one of the few Syrian businessmen who was influential in Syria’s economy both before and after the Baath Party took control of the country.
On September 30, 2021, the British government delisted prominent Syrian businessman Nizar Al-Assaad, Former Agriculture and Agrarian Reform Minister Ahmad Al-Qadri, Former Minister of Defence Ali Habib Mahmoud, Former Minister of Industry Mohammad Maen Zein Al-Abidin Jazba, and Deputy Director-General of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) Salam Tohme from its sanctions list.