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Syria recently announced plans to apply for membership in the BRICS economic bloc in hopes that its entry would lessen its dependence on the U.S. dollar, facilitate investments in the country, and allow it to bypass sanctions.
The Syrian government and the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria appear to have reached trade deals for certain commodities needed in the northeast and wheat needed in regime-held areas. 
One of the largest companies affiliated with Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham recently published data on its operations, which span a variety of business sectors. Meanwhile, media reports have shed light on other HTS-affiliated companies and businessmen. 
Ahead of the Turkish elections, one of the key areas of concern remains the future of Ankara's policy towards Syria and Syrian refugees. As Turkey continues to navigate the complexities of the Syrian conflict, it is important to understand how the election results may shape its approach towards its neighbouring country.
Although Jordan is at the forefront of rapprochement efforts with the regime, its air force allegedly launched two airstrikes over southern Syrian territory, killing an infamous drug lord and destroying a drug factory. The strikes came less than a week after Damascus agreed to tackle drug trafficking on its border with Jordan and Iraq and days after Amman seized its largest captagon shipment of the year.
Iran’s President Ibrahim Raisi will visit Damascus this week, the first time an Iranian head of state visits the country in 13 years, according to Iranian officials, state-owned media outlets, and sources close to the Syrian government. Ahead of the visit, Syrian and Iranian economic bodies held high-level meetings and prepared agreements that are planned to be signed during the president’s visit.
The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria has issued a law regulating the operations of foreign exchange dealers as the sector gains increasing importance. The law’s timing is a reminder of the importance of remittances for the Syrian economy and of foreign exchange dealers at a time western sanctions are restricting the operations of local banks.
Although Syria’s olive and olive oil industries were affected by the fallout of the 12-year conflict, the olive and olive oil industries appear to be making a steady recovery.
The Syrian government is preparing to put three power turbines into operation, although acute shortages of natural gas and fuel will continue to limit the potential for increased electricity production.
In this interview, The Syria Report speaks with Mohammad Hassno, CEO of the Assistance Coordination Unit, a Syrian opposition organisation that coordinates humanitarian efforts and facilitates the flow of information between donors, executive agencies, and local partners.