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27-09-2022
A group of 18 companies and businessmen have recently established a renewable energy company in Homs. The company’s partners, including controversial figures such as Samer Foz, have tried to establish the company since as early as October 2021, but faced some legal troubles.
27-09-2022
Wheat and barley production has declined significantly across all of Syria for the second year in a row due to climate change, low water levels in the Euphrates River, and production input shortages, according to official data. This season's wheat production is 75 percent lower than pre-crisis volumes.
20-09-2022
Syrian-Russian bilateral trade more than tripled in 2021, official records indicate, making Russia Syria's second-largest trade partner. Russian exports represented 98 percent of total trade between the two countries, in line with previous years.
20-09-2022
Private university costs in Syria have increased by up to 72 percent for the 2022/23 school year, the highest record to date, causing further distress on students who face rapidly rising living costs.
13-09-2022
Since the beginning of the year, hundreds of state employees across various sectors – from agriculture, water, and industry to education and healthcare – have resigned or submitted their resignations due to exorbitant transportation costs, meagre wages, and better opportunities in the private sector or abroad. Consequently, the government has taken several measures to tackle the problem of labour shortages in the country. 
13-09-2022
As cholera cases rise and water supplies dwindle, the Syrian government recently began operating a new water desalination plant in the Hassakeh governorate in an effort to provide potable water to residents. The plants are only meant to be used in cases of emergency, i.e. in a situation of a dramatic shortage in water supplies, likely to preserve underground water reserves. So far, the government has only activated fifteen out of the twenty plants.
05-09-2022
After surging immediately after the onset of the invasion of Ukraine, food and non-food prices in Syria have remained relatively stable since April following the resumption of Ukraine grain exports through the Black Sea ports as well as recent grain harvests. Compared to last year, however, the surge in prices remains significant. Meanwhile, the increase in nominal wage rates has not matched the inflation rate, according to the World Food Programme.
05-09-2022
The United Kingdom is dropping tariffs on hundreds of commodities imported from 65 developing countries, including Syria, in an effort to reduce costs for British consumers and businesses. Syrian export volumes to the UK are very small, though, and the move has triggered criticism from rights groups.
30-08-2022
The following interview was conducted by The Syria Report with Jeanne Pryor, USAID’s Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East Bureau whose portfolio includes USAID’s operations in Syria. The interview sheds light on USAID’s approach to early recovery projects in regime- and non-regime-held areas; its efforts to support the private sector in areas outside regime control; and the interagency mechanisms and vetting processes in place to ensure USAID funds are not awarded to sanctioned or regime-affiliated parties.