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20-03-2019

The details of the Syrian budget, which we publish this week, shed some light on the government expenditure structure, but also on some misleading numbers.

06-03-2019

Stroytransgaz is formally taking charge of Syria’s fertilizers production complex in Homs.

06-03-2019

In this article The Syria Report addresses key issues raised in the debate over western sanctions on Syria and makes a number of policy recommendations.

27-02-2019

Rostec, one of the largest Russian conglomerates, has said that it was looking for opportunities in the Syrian market.

15-01-2019

Updated on January 23, 2019 - An explanation for the decline in revenues has been added.

Data from Syria’s two main ports indicate a small increase in their traffic last year.

27-11-2018

Official data confirm the poor state of state-owned industries and, beyond, of various business sectors in the country.

27-11-2018

The production of phosphate during the first nine months of the year appears to be well below the proclaimed targets of the government.

06-11-2018

A Russian company has taken control of Syria’s only fertilizer plant under a long-term deal that sees the entire fertilizers supply chain fall outside Syrian hands.

29-10-2018

The volume of containers handled by the Lattakia Port increased in the first nine months of this year, official data show.

23-10-2018

The government’s Reconstruction Committee has provided a list of the rehabilitation projects that are planned for this year.

09-10-2018

The two tables below list the Russian companies involved in Syria since the beginning of the Russian military intervention in the country in September 2015.

09-10-2018

Russian Railways, a state entity, has said that it was looking for opportunities to develop Syria’s railway network and infrastructure.

18-09-2018

The Ministry of Petroleum is negotiating over several oil and gas exploration contracts with countries allied to the regime, an executive from a state-owned company said.

11-09-2018

A Syrian Government entity has listed a number of projects it wants to offer to private investors under public private partnership deals, although it is unlikely to have much success.

11-09-2018

Iran is taking half of the already meagre revenues the Syrian government receives from phosphate extraction to pay for the debt owed by Damascus, a quasi-official media is reporting.

31-07-2018

A Russian company will invest dozens of millions of dollars in a phosphate washing plant, representing the largest private investment in Syria since 2011, despite the controversy surrounding the deal.

10-07-2018

Moscow has confirmed that several Russian companies had begun operating in Syria’s energy sector.

26-06-2018

Russia is set to take hold of Syria’s large fertilizers complex near Homs, an opposition media has reported.

19-06-2018

Syria has confirmed that it has granted Iran the right to develop its phosphate reserves.

15-05-2018

Syria’s gross domestic product fell in 2016 to a fifth of its pre-uprising value according to official statistics released for the first time.

17-04-2018

A delegation from an oil-rich Russian autonomous region has signed a framework agreement with the Homs governorate.

27-03-2018

Additional details have surfaced on the agreement signed last year between the Syrian government and Russia’s Stroytransgaz to develop phosphate mines near Palmyra.

27-02-2018

The Syrian government is planning to raise again the price of fertilizers, risking discouraging further agricultural production.

06-02-2018

Syria has signed a “roadmap agreement” with Russia to build some 2,650 MW of new power plants and turbines, despite the fact that there is no money to pay for these projects, which are worth more than EUR 2 billion.

06-02-2018

Syria’s two main ports of Tartous and Lattakia witnessed increased activity in 2017 on the back of growing imports.

30-01-2018

Syria’s oil and gas production increased noticeably this year, but output still remains very low and is unlikely to increase by much in the near future.

23-01-2018

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.

09-01-2018

Syrian and Russian investors will meet in the next few weeks to discuss joint investment opportunities.

20-12-2017

Russia is increasingly clear about its intentions to acquire economic assets in Syria and capitalize on its military and political support to the regime to generate financial returns.

19-12-2017

A Russian official has expressed what is the bluntest statement to date on Russia’s ambition to get hold of as much of Syria’s energy and other economic resources as possible.

12-12-2017

A Russian state entity has signed an agreement to develop Syrian oil, gas and mining assets, confirming Moscow’s increasing appetite for Syria's underground resources.

14-11-2017

Despite losing billions in the past years, Syria’s transport sector can still rely on its infrastructure that is mostly functioning.

31-10-2017

Russian investors are increasingly eyeing Syria’s land and real estate properties, which are among the few valuable assets the Syrian regime can still hand over to its cronies and allies.

31-10-2017

A government report has provided additional information on Syria’s phosphate sector.

31-10-2017

Moscow is providing finance for a 3-year deal to import large quantities of wheat from Russian farmers, a Syrian government official has said.

24-10-2017

Syria’s production of phosphate has restarted after a stoppage of almost 18 months, but the revenues the government will collect will be limited.

24-10-2017

These two tables provide data on Syria's production of rock phosphate between 2003 and 2016 as well as its reserves and global ranking.

Syria's Production of Phosphate 2003-2016 (thousand tons)

17-10-2017

Engineering works at the Ebla Gas Plant are set to increase the supply of natural gas to Syria’s power grid.

10-10-2017

A meeting by the Syrian and Russian governments today has yielded surprisingly little results, in an additional sign of the difficulties facing Syria’s reconstruction ambitions.

03-10-2017

Russia is reportedly willing to provide finance for some of Syria’s large electricity projects, in what would be the first case of important direct funding by Moscow in many years.

03-10-2017

Syria’s 2018 budget is forecast to grow by some 13 percent to three trillion pounds, according to information released by the government.

02-10-2017

Lebanon’s Fattouche Group, which is reportedly close to powerful Syrian regime figures, is set to establish a new cement manufacturing plant in Syria, as part of other projects, in what would be the largest private sector investment in the country in years.

19-09-2017

The Syrian government has revised upward its end-of-year targets for oil, gas and phosphate production.

22-08-2017

As local production of fertilizers resumes, the government has increased again the price of fertilizers sold to its farmers, which will make farming less competitive and discourage further agricultural production.

15-08-2017

The Syrian government has updated its estimate for the loss incurred by its railway network, one of the largest in the Middle East.

08-08-2017

Despite power cuts of several hours per day across the country, the Syrian Government is now exporting electricity to Lebanon to generate foreign currency revenues.

04-07-2017

The Syrian Government has awarded a Russian oligarch the rights to collect a share of its oil and gas revenues in exchange for contributing to free territory from the Islamic State.

06-06-2017

The Syrian government has awarded a Russian company a contract to extract phosphate from its mines in central Syria, a government official has said.

25-04-2017

Russian oil engineering companies are reportedly already active in Syria as the Syrian President said that new contracts would be granted to them.