Central Bank of Syria (502)

26-09-2011

The Central Bank of Syria has licensed a new foreign exchange dealer, Al-Fayhaa Foreign Exchange.

07-09-2011

The Central Bank of Syria has licensed two new money exchange bureaus in Aleppo and Damascus.

18-08-2011

This week, the Central Bank of Syria tightened foreign exchange trading regulations, in an apparent bid to stem sales of foreign currencies as the unrest increasingly impacts economic activity and investor confidence.

01-08-2011

The Central Bank of Syria has expanded by one percentage point, the margins on the interest rates local commercial banks can set on the deposits of their customers; meaning deposits in Syrian Pounds can now pay as high as 11 percent.

01-08-2011

The financial disclosures for the first half of this year by Syria’s largest private sector commercial banks confirm the depth of the country's current economic crisis.

25-07-2011

Syrian deposits at Lebanese banks stand at below USD 3 billion, or some 2.7 percent of all deposits in Lebanese banks, according to Makram Sader, secretary-general of the Association of Banks in Lebanon.

20-07-2011

Data from the Central Bank of Syria indicate that deposits held in Syrian commercial banks continued to decline at the end of April, as Syria entered its second month of protests.

07-07-2011

Syria’s inflation rate measured on an annual basis stood at 2.98 percent in May, while the volatile food and beverages price increase reached 4.50 percent, according to the Central Bank of Syria.

04-07-2011

The Central Bank of Syria has issued the implementation rules for its decision last May allowing residents to buy the equivalent of USD 120,000 in foreign currencies from their bank.

04-07-2011

The Central Bank of Syria has closed some 30 foreign exchange bureaus and companies since the beginning of the unrest and associated pressure on the national currency, according to Adib Mayaleh, Governor.

23-06-2011

According to the Central Bank of Syria, the assets of the country’s banking sector had started to fall by the end of last March, confirming that even though protests had just begun by then, the financial sector, and the economy as a whole, had started to take a hit.

19-06-2011

Updated June 19: The Syrian securities market regulator has given its nod for the capital increase of Bank of Syria and OverseasBank Audi Syria, Byblos Bank Syria  and Fransabank Syria in line with the target of raising the minimum capital levels of conventional private commercial banks to SYP 10 billion by the end of 2012.

09-06-2011

The Central Bank of Syria has granted a license for the establishment of two new money changers.

30-05-2011

The Governor of the Central Bank of Syria said that deposits in the banking sector had risen by 3.2 percent in the first half of May, compared to the same period of April, reversing a decline that had begun in mid-March.

29-05-2011

Syria’s inflation rate measured on annual basis stood at 2.80 percent in April, from 2.74 percent in March and 4.22 percent in February, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics and the Central Bank of Syria.

05-05-2011

The Central Bank of Syria has announced a 2 percent average increase in interest rates in a bid to prop up the national currency.

14-04-2011

The Central Bank of Syria has allowed three state-owned banks to deal with foreign currencies.

14-04-2011

Syria’s inflation rate fell to 4.22 percent on a year-on-year basis at the end of February 2011, according to the Central Bank of Syria.

11-04-2011

The assets of the Syrian commercial banking sector increased 11.2 percent at the end of last year, according to the Central Bank of Syria.

29-03-2011

 Syria’s financial industry has posted another year of significant growth across all sectors, according to the latest Syria Report business guide, Corporate Syria: Banking and Finance 2009.
The global financial and economic crisis appears not to have impacted significantly the industry, the report says.

27-03-2011
The Syrian financial sector performed extremely well in 2007 according to the latest annual survey of the Syria financial sector, Banking and Financial Services Syria 2008.
Assets of the Syrian Banking Sector reached USD 34 billion at the end of 2007, an annual increase of 12 percent, while net credit facilities increased by 25 percent.
16-03-2011

Syria’s inflation rate continued to increase as the year began and stood at 7.13 percent on a year-on-year basis at the end of January, from 6.32 percent a month earlier, the Central Bank of Syria said.

08-03-2011
07-03-2011

The Central Bank of Syria has licensed two new money exchange bureaus.

07-03-2011

The Central Bank of Syria has issues the rules under which local residents can purchase foreign currencies to finance expenses incurred through their credit cards.

21-02-2011
Taxes and customs fees on a number of widely consumed food products have been reduced in Syria following two Presidential Decrees enacted on February 15.
21-02-2011

The Central Bank of Syria has further reduced the compulsory reserve requirements for local banks that extend a large part of their credit portfolio to SMEs and companies from the manufacturing and tourism sectors.

14-02-2011
Syria’s inflation rate rose to 6.32 percent on annual basis at the end of December 2010, according to the Central Bank of Syria.
13-02-2011
The Central Bank of Syria has licensed one new money exchange bureau.
31-01-2011

The Ministry of Finance has announced a timetable to sell SYP 30 billion worth of Government securities in 2011.

17-01-2011

Bab Rizq Jameel, a Saudi-funded microfinance institution operating in Syria since 2009, said it had created 5,986 new jobs in the country last year.

16-01-2011
The Central Bank of Syria has lowered the reference interest rates paid on time deposits by half a percentage point for the second time in less than five months.
10-01-2011

The Central Bank of Syria will seek to prioritise investment finance when devising its policies, Adib Mayaleh, the Governor of the Bank said.

27-12-2010

Syria and Turkey signed eleven cooperation agreements and confirmed the launch of six projects in the coming months at the end of the second meeting of the Syrian-Turkish High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (STHLSCC) held in Ankara on December 20 ...

27-12-2010

The SYP 3 billion worth of medium term treasury bonds sold by the Central Bank of Syria last week were largely oversubscribed, according to the Ministry of Finance.

15-12-2010

The Syrian Government will sell treasury bonds next week after an auction for short-term bills, the first in decades, was held last Monday, Mohammad Hussein, Minister of Finance, told The Syria Report.

13-12-2010

The Ministry of Finance is issuing on December 13 SYP 2 billion worth of Treasury Bills with maturities of three and six months, the first issue of Government securities in decades.

22-11-2010

The Central Bank of Syria has licensed a new money exchange company and three bureaus.

08-11-2010

Taxes and fees are expected to represent an increased share of government revenues next year, while salaries of civil servants will remain unchanged, according to newly available details on next year’s budget.

31-10-2010
The Industrial Bank has issued the new list of interest rates it applies on deposit and saving accounts.
25-10-2010
The Central Bank of Syria has licensed a new SYP 50 million foreign exchange bureau in Homs.
18-10-2010
Assets held by Syrian commercial banks crossed the two-trillion mark, in Syrian Pounds terms, for the first time at the end of the first half of this year.
27-09-2010
The Central Bank of Syria has licensed two new foreign exchange ventures in Aleppo.
27-09-2010

Syria’s inflation rate stood at 2.18 percent on an annual basis at the end of July 2010, according to the Central Bank of Syria.

19-09-2010
The Central Bank of Syria has assigned new reference interest rates for deposits in local banks.
29-08-2010
The Arab Bank Group has decided to raise its stake in its Syrian affiliate, Arab Bank-Syria, which has recently announced plans to increase its capital to SYP 5.05 billion.
02-08-2010

The Central Bank of Syria has licensed a new money exchange company and five bureaus.