The retirement age for certain categories of wage earners and employees has been lowered to 55 years for men and 50 years for women.
Syrian President Bashar Assad granted on Tuesday Syrian public sector employees bonuses amounting to 50 of their monthly salaries, on the occasion of Eid al Futr, said SANA, the state news agency.
Lebanon's parliament passed a law on Wednesday for the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT), which is expected to significantly raise government revenues.
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad signed into effect a law yesterday creating an agency to battle the country's severe unemployment, which touches an estimated 20 per cent of Syria's job-age population, reported the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).