The Syrian government has banned the import of diesel vans, in a move designed at reducing pollution in the country.
The Syrian social security and pensions organisation will be spending a total of SYP26 million (USD520.000) in the coming two years to computerise its operations, reported Teshreen.
An economic reforms program announced by Mohammed al-Hussein, deputy PM in charge of economic affairs forecasts a 4% GDP growth by 2006 and around USD600 of investments in the tourism sector.
Syria is to unify the different currency rates it applies to its imports.
The increase in the price of heating oil was brought down to SYP140 per twenty litres, after it was set at SYP169.
Syria hiked fuel prices on Tuesday 14, including a 20 percent rise in gasoline prices, a 38 percent increase in heating oil prices and a 33 percent growth in cooking gas prices.
In its semi-annual survey on the country risk of 185 countries, Euromoney magazine ranked Syria in 94th place worldwide and 14th among 18 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.
A 20 percent rise in the salaries of all state civil and military employees will take effect starting June 1.
Kuwait's National Investments Company has announced that it has established a joint holding company with a capital of KWD30 million (USD98 million) to invest in Syria.
Trade between Lebanon and Syria grew to USD363 million in 2001, a 17 percent increase on the previous year's USD309 million figure.
In order to create 1.2 million jobs in the coming five years, Syria will need to invest no less than USD24 billion.
The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has approved a USD100 million to the programme to fight unemployment in Syria.
In a bold intervention, Ghassan al-Rifai, Syria's minister of economy, said that economic reforms in the country are facing in every place and at every time an unabated resistance.
The European Union representation in Damascus announced Thursday that the EU would grant EUR93 million (USD83 million) to Syria over three years, from 2002 to 2004.
Syria's customs department is gathering information and studying various projects in several countries in preparation for the introduction of an electronic Customs system in the country.


EDU 2011 Damascus
Kiwan Land
The International Trade Exhibition for Rebuilding Syria
Damascus International Fairground