At a business forum held in Moscow last week, many obstacles still seemed to stand in the way of the improvement in the economic and business ties between Syria and Russia.
Reports of new labour supply patterns in the Syrian economy are increasing and highlight the changing structure of the labour market over the past seven years.
Turkey continued to post last year a large trade surplus with Syria.
The Raqqa Civil Council has announced the construction of a new bridge over the Euphrates that will reduce significantly transport times.
The European Union has added two Syrian government members to its blacklist, the first such addition in months.
AbdulRahman Al-Attar, one of the most prominent business figures of the Assad era, both father and son, passed away last week at the age of 80.
Construction works on an industrial zone in the Euphrates Shield area north of Aleppo have begun with the aims of attracting investment and boosting economic activity in this pocket under the control of the Turkish authorities.
Dozens of Russian companies have shown interest in the Syrian market, but many obstacles remain for furthering economic and trade ties, including western sanctions, a prominent investor has admitted.
Syrian official data have confirmed that inflation continued to decelerate at the beginning of last year.
Chinese companies are increasingly enquiring about business opportunities in Syria, although no funding for reconstruction is expected to come from Beijing.
Iranian media are reporting increasing concerns that their companies will be squeezed out from the Syrian market by Russia, which is itself pressing for Damascus to repay its debts.
A Syrian official has given some details about the administrative reform plan the government is conducting under the instructions of Bashar Al-Assad.
Data from several business sectors are confirming that Syria’s economy likely grew last year.
Data as well as official decisions by the Syrian government confirm that its spending priorities continue to go to its core constituency of the coastal area in addition to the families of the soldiers who died fighting for the regime.
The Raqqa Civil Council has announced several new economic initiatives as it strives to restore normal life in the city.


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