Subjects – Syria Report



Amid limited progress in the normalisation with Damascus, two recent meetings between Yemeni and Syrian officials seem to signal Yemen’s bid to bolster a rapprochement process stalled since Damascus’ return to the Arab League in May.
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. 
The World Bank released on June 09 its first comprehensive report in years on the state of the Syrian economy. The report uses innovative remote-based data to measure some key indicators, such as nighttime lights and nighttime lights-based output estimates, shipping-position data, and population and conflict maps. Some of the findings raise questions, however, while the report lacks any political economy dimension. Unsurprisingly, the forecasts for the coming years are gloomy.


Prior to the uprising, China was a major trade partner of Syria and had investments in the country, especially in its petroleum sector. Although trade increased following the 2011 conflict, Chinese companies largely withdrew from the market.


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