This week’s report provides an overview of Syria’s smart card system, which allows Syrians in government-held areas to purchase a set quantity of subsidised goods at authorised retailers every month. The report’s first section traces the scheme’s genesis, which predates the uprising. The second and third sections examine smart card beneficiaries and the most recent steps the government has taken to curb shortages. Finally, the last section sheds light on the company behind the scheme.
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