Features

01-06-2004
The beginning of the implementation of the Syria Accountability Acts is bad news. It is more so as the measures adopted by the White House go beyond legal obligations.
01-06-2004
By Mouaffaq Nyrabia* Talking of the slowness in the reform process in Syria has become boring and repetitive. In the current circumstances, however, the issue remains very important and the consequences of this slowness are becoming all the more obvious.
01-06-2004
By Samir AITA* One would imagine that the atmosphere in Syria is very heavy after the application of the sanctions ordered by the US President, followed by the US Treasury's accusations that the Commercial Bank of Syria is acting as a conduit for money laundering operations, and the EU's announcement that it is postponing the signature of its partnership with Syria.
01-05-2004
According to the latest data released in its annual publication, the World Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund expects Syria's GDP to grow by 3.6% this year and 4.0% in 2005, i.e. slightly higher than the figures of the last two years.
01-05-2004
By Mouaffaq Nyrabia * The last few months have seen the Syrian Baath Party (BP) take a number of measures towards reforming itself.
01-05-2004
By Samir Aita* In the last weeks, two major events have provided a new shape to the Syrian business world and to Syria's position in the regional and international environments: the award of a major gas contract to a consortium involving Canadian and US companies, and the award to Syriatel, one of Syria's two mobile phone operators, of a GSM license in Pakistan, the country most concerned by the American "Greater Middle East" initiative.
01-04-2004
The Network of Syrian Scientists, Technologists and Innovators Abroad (NOSSTIA), the main grouping of expatriate Syrian scientists, is organising a very large conference on the ITC sector in Damascus. Beyond its technical aspects, the conference aims at strengthening links between the technical and industrial spheres and at making of Syria a strategic regional meeting point for the IT sector. On that occasion, The Syria Report has talked to Bassel Solaiman, the General Chairman of the conference and who is representing NOSSTIA and the ENST, a French IT engineering school.
01-04-2004
By Samir Aïta* Everybody had praised the gesture. A decision made by the Regional Command of the Baath Party, pushed by President Bashar Assad, allowed the opening of private banks in Syria. More than 3 years have passed since then, until the first private banks opened their doors earlier this year.
01-04-2004
In December 2003, following years of discussions, Syria and the European Union had finally reached an agreement on the Association Agreement (AA) that would make of Syria a member of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership being built between the EU and 12 Mediterranean countries.
01-03-2004
By Samir Aïta* Several recent signs in Syria show that the country has started loosing its old equilibrium. A number of these signs are visible to outside observers; but others are more profound and are starting to change the vision of the role of the State itself.
01-03-2004
The Syrian President has finally put an end to the economic security courts (ESCs), the dreaded courts in charge of ruling on Syrian economic affairs.
01-03-2004
By Mouaffaq Nyrabia * When Syrian Foreign Affairs Minister Farouk al-Sharaa was asked, during a press conference with his Danish counterpart in Damascus, about the US and European initiatives for reform in the Middle East, he responded that the projects were still in their early stages and had not yet matured. He added that he hoped these initiatives stemmed from good intentions and mutual trust between Arabs and Europeans, and the world at large.
01-02-2004
The management by the Central Bank of Syria (CB) of its rates policy has been at best, very, very erratic.
01-01-2004
Five years of negotiations have finally concluded. Syria will now be joining the other members of the Barcelona process into the setting of a large free trade area before 2010.
01-01-2004
Syria and the European Union have finally concluded their negotiations on the association agreement. Widely expected, this major development has helped Syria end the year on a positive note, in an otherwise very cloudy past twelve months.

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