For a third consecutive year, the government has renewed an import ban on glass products that are equivalent to those produced by an Iranian factory – the only one of its kind in Syria – despite the risk of shortages and criticism raised by local industrialists.
The Ministry of Industry recently issued the execution plan for a new water bottling plant in the rural part of the Quneitra governorate, one of the few state investments in the governorate. The plant would represent a rare government investment in the governorate, as the area has suffered from poor services and scant investments since 1973, when Syria regained control of Quneitra following the 1967 Six-Day War.
The Syrian government has announced signing three contracts with private investors to rehabilitate large factories in the sugar and cement sectors. At least one of these involves a company owned by the powerful Katerji family.

The Syrian Investment Agency (SIA), a state-owned body that licenses and promotes large-scale investment projects in the country, has published a report showing a modest increase in investments in 2019.


The number of new manufacturers starting operations in Syria increased slightly last year, according to official data, but the growth rate was much lower than in 2019 due largely to the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic as well as ongoing fuel and electricity shortages and the deterioration of the Syrian pound.