In the year 2023, 1.4 million beneficiaries across all governorates in Syria received USD 85 million in Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA), according to data collected by the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Two government delegations have recently visited Aleppo and met with local business leaders to address their electricity, customs, transportation, shipping subsidies, and finance concerns. Meanwhile, the Syrian cabinet has announced a flurry of decisions to improve the economic situation in the governorate.
As captagon trade flourishes, the already dire security situation in Suweida governorate is reaching new lows and seeping into local businesses. Illustrating the power of local armed gangs, earlier this month, a group of armed men broke into the factory of Fresh Mountain Juice and looted the premises. Law enforcement is yet to make an act of presence while the armed men are still in control of the building, and shareholders are considering shutting down the factory.
On November 26, the Russian delegation visited the Suweida Chamber of Commerce and Industry and signed an MoU to barter Syrian local agricultural products like olive oil, apples, and grapes molasses, for Russian agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, and machinery.
The Ministry of Defence has announced two new types of contracts for citizens to voluntarily enlist in the Syrian army with a base salary of SYP 1,300,000, equivalent to around seven times the base salary of a civil servant.
The Syrian Telecommunications Company has begun improving the country’s telephone and internet infrastructure through a Chinese grant that includes Chinese communications equipment.