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The last few years have witnessed a sharp fall in Syria's population growth rates after over three decades of spiralling increases that were among the highest in the world.

The announcement by Jordan's Housing Bank for Trade & Finance that its application to launch Syria's first private bank had been approved by the Central Bank (CBS), and that it would be granted an official licence before the end of the year came as...
A major German business delegation, including 19 companies from the state of Lower Saxony, visited Damascus early October to enhance trade and investments relationship with Syrian business operators.
The General Organization for Cement and Building Materials (GOCBM) plans to increase the production of cement from 5 million ton last year to 8 million in 2006.
Lafarge, the world leading producer of building materials, has submitted a proposal to the Syrian government to develop the production of gypsum in the country.

According to Ghassan Al-Rifai, Minister of Economy, Syria will be licensing the first private banks by the end of the fall of this year.

Syria's state-owned industrial sector recorder exports of USD 34 million in the first quarter of the year.

Salah Kamel, head of the Saudi Dallah Al-Baraka conglomerate has announced that it had forwarded an application for the set up of a private bank 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.

Canon Middle East FZ LLC has announced today that Puzant Yacoubian and Sons has been appointed as its new distribution partner for Photo/Video products in Syria.
Syria's minister of Industry, Issam al-Zaim, and Iran's Minister of Housing and Urban Development Ali Abdol-Alizadeh have agreed to set up a joint industrial committee.
Pakistan Commerce Minister Abdul Razak Dawood offered to import raw cotton from Syria at zero duty, in exchange for Syrian imports of Pakistanese sugar, paper, cement, and fertiliser equipment.
A seminar to be held in Damascus at end of the month, on women's role in economic development, will see the announcement of the set up of a women-dedicated industrial bank.

The edited English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at the Arab Summit in Beirut on March 27, 2002.

Syria's ministry of industry has released the 2002 export objectives it has set for the different industrial organizations it manages.
The government's decision to replace all state employees that are above retirement age is sparking a wide debate in Syria.

After an 18 months delay, the building of a major cement plant has finally started.

Jordanian and Syrian officials on Wednesday launched talks aimed at upgrading the land and maritime transport fleets of their countries' joint firms, said Sana, the state news agency.
Jordanian and Syrian officials on Wednesday launched talks aimed at upgrading the land and maritime transport fleets of their countries' joint firms, said Sana, the state news agency.
Syria's revenues from tourism exceeded USD1 billion in 2001 and tourists arrivals reached 3.015 million according to the World Tourism Organisation.

In his speech, last December, before the newly-sworn in cabinet, Bashar al Assad felt necessary to mention, among the general policy guidelines he laid down for his government, one specific sector he thought his newly nominated team had to address urgently, the water crisis his country is facing.

Opec announced yesterday it will reduce its crude oil output by 1.5 million barrels per day for six months starting January 1, under a rare and tough deal with rival independent oil producing nations.
In its latest meeting, the Investment Higher Council gave the go ahead to over 102 projects for a total amount of SYP26.6bn (US$532 million), reported Al-Baath.

The English transcript of the joint press conference in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and British Prime Minister Tony Blair on October 31, 2001.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad French media on June 16, 2001.