*By Shamel Azmeh   The link between urban studies and economic issues is virtually non-existent in Syria. People who are interested in economic matters rarely take the issue of urbanization into consideration while architects and city planners consider economic matters to be totally outside the scope of their work.
*By Ben Simpfendorfer   The rise of China is one of this century’s great stories. The country ranks as the world’s third largest economy, the world’s second largest oil consumer, and one of the largest holders of United States government debt. It is no surprise that the sudden slowing in China’s economic growth, from 13 percent to 7 percent, has captured the attention of bankers and CEOs alike.
*By Omar Shakir   It has been said that it is a dangerous thing to be an Iraqi in Syria these days. Indeed, Iraqis are routinely blamed on the Syrian street for a whole host of problems, ranging from rising prices to overcrowding classrooms to increasing crime rates. 
The economic relationship between Syria and Lebanon is much too dependent on their political relation, says Nasri Al-Khoury, the head of the Syrian Lebanese Higher Council.
*By Johnny Abo   The liberalization of the Syrian economy in the last few years has already created many changes on the ground. What the longer-term impact of these changes will be on the country and its people remains, however, an open question.
The news that the wheat crop is the poorest in almost two decades could not have come at a worse time for the Syrian Government.
*By Omar Shakir   Discussion of Lebanese politics, Gaza, or the newest music video regularly dominate Damascene cafes; lately, however, rising prices have emerged as a top issue on the minds of many Syrians.
By Mouaffaq Nyrabia*   Some years may go faster than others and some much slower. Unfortunately, it is the latter that applies to Syria, once again, and it is unfortunate that the events that took place with the passing of the new year should remind us of that again.
Besides the development of the banking sector, trade liberalization is the other sector that has witnessed the greatest changes in the last few years in Syria.
 The Syrian President and his delegation cancelled their planned trip to attend the September 14 meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York after Washington made it clear the Syrian delegation would not be welcomed at the meeting of world leaders.
 Syria’s conclusion of a deal with Russia over its bilateral debt is an important achievement for Syria’s financial authorities. USD 10 billion are off & the total debt to GDP ratio is now below 10%. At once, it’s over two-thirds of Syria’s total foreign debt that has been settled either by being written off or by a rescheduling agreement.
By Mouaffaq Nyrabia*   The coming few weeks and months will be crucial for Syria. A number of significant political events will be taking place and the country seems in a difficult situation to face them.
 By Mouaffaq Nyrabia*   There is a currently a wide debate in Syria as to the state of the relations between the Syrian regime and the main foreign power brokers, France and the US. Two opposing views prevail.
*By Mouaffaq Nyrabia   Many analysts had warned before the beginning of the Baath conference that not much would have to be expected from it. The corrupted cannot fight corruption they argued and those in position of power had no interest in giving it up, they continued.
*By Mouaffaq Nyrabia   The question on everybody’s lips these days, both outside and within Syria, is what political mistake the Syrian regime is going to make next, following the disastrous extension of Emile Lahoud’s presidential term and the overall Lebanese debacle.


2nd International Finance Markets Investment Forum 2011
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