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.
On September 28, the Ministry of Industry announced that it will open 38 destroyed or damaged state-owned factories for private investment.
This month, the opposition-affiliated Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF) has so far approved or completed six projects in the health, agricultural, and electricity sectors.
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.
Several hundred craft-related and manufacturing projects began activity in the first half of this year, according to the Ministry of Industry.
Details of two renewable energy projects came to light this week after President Bashar Al-Assad touted green energy as the alternative to conventional power sources as the country is gripped by fuel shortages.
A leading manufacturer of clothing in Syria is set to close several retail outlets because of shrinking textile production and low consumer demand, in an ominous sign for a sector that was once an important pillar of the country’s economy.
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 Syrian government is planning to award major projects in the tobacco and steel sectors to private companies in a bid to win badly needed investment amid a lack of government funds.
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.
Syria’s three major industrial cities saw a jump in the value of newly licensed projects last year, although the number of jobs created and the number of projects beginning construction slowed down, according to official data.
The sharp rise in the cost of raw materials is leading to a shortage of paper products, including schoolbooks, despite a recent increase in local production capacity.
A contract signed between a Syrian state company and an Iranian supplier confirms that Tehran’s credit lines to Damascus are technically still operational.
Since the end of last year, Syria’s eight car assembly plants have stopped producing because the government has stopped issuing the import licences required for their activities.
A legislative decree has lifted tariff barriers on a range of industrial inputs in a bid to encourage local production.
The government has agreed to subsidise loans granted to Aleppo industrialists in a bid to kickstart investment in Syria’s traditional manufacturing hub.
Official data is painting a mixed picture for investment in Syria’s manufacturing sector.
The Suweida governorate has awarded a SYP 20 billion contract for a solid waste treatment plant on terms that are similar to public private partnership deals.
A company from China is negotiating to set up a plant in Syria, which would be one of the very few Chinese investments to take place in the country.
The Syrian Investment Agency has issued a licence for a new car assembly plant, while an Iranian-owned venture in the industry has reportedly suspended production.