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Ams Ferrari, an Italian manufacturer of bottling and packaging equipment, will supply a new production line for non-alcoholic beer to Al-Chark, one of Syria’s two state-owned beer bottling plants.


Syrian exports declined by a third last year as Iraq continued to take an increasing share of the country’s total international sales, according to official trade statistics.


Syria’s wheat crop crossed the 3 million ton mark this year according to statistics published recently by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The average monthly salary in Syria rose only 1.6 percent last year to SYP 11,315, according to a recent survey by the Central Bureau of Statistics with the public sector paying higher wages and being fairer to women than the private sector.

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.

The Syrian Business Council, which regroups most of Syria’s new business elite, has issued a rare statement criticising the little relevance of official statistics and its impact on investment and growth.

The average salary in Syria has risen 3.6 percent last year to SYP 11,133, according to a recent survey by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Syria’s civil servants will receive a comprehensive health insurance by the Syrian Insurance Company, following a Cabinet decision on February 16.
Syria’s population stood at 20.367 million at the end of last year according to estimates of the Central Bureau of Statistics.

KOTRA, Korea’s export trade agency has opened a business centre in Damascus, one of the few capitals in the Middle East region in which it was not yet represented.

The Syrian Cabinet has confirmed the decision of the Syrian Jordanian Committee last October to lift restrictions on the trade of pharmaceuticals between the two countries.

Iraq was Syria's main trading partner last year according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.


Syria and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement to prevent double taxation, during the two-day visit to Damascus by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

Trade of goods between Lebanon and Syria reached USD 495 million in 2008, an annual increase of 19 percent, according to the Syrian-Lebanese Higher Council.

Syria’s inflation rate stood at 15.15 percent, and not 5.4 percent, last year the Central Bureau of Statistics said.

Syria's real Gross Domestic Product rose by 7 percent in 2008 while the inflation rate stood at 5.4 percent, according to preliminary data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The drought affecting Syria’s north-eastern region is leading to dramatic economic, human and social consequences, according to a joint FAO/WFP assessment mission conducted in May.


The Syrian president has issued a new law authorizing the registration of property that lies within illegal housing areas.


The Syrian president has issued a new decree that aims to curb the development of illegal housing.


The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Monday Morning on September 30, 2008.

Syria’s trade deficit increased three-fold in 2007 to reach USD 2.1 billion, the highest level in over two decades.

Syria has begun participating in the IMF’s General Data Dissemination System (GDDS), according to the Washington-based institution.


China’s Haifei Automobiles expects its total exports to Syria in 2007 to reach 20,000 cars. At the end of November it had sold 18,000 cars.


Four Syrian drug manufacturers have received a statement of international Good Manufacturing Practices.

Passengers’ traffic at Syrian airports reached 3.485 million in 2006, an annual increase of 10.5 percent.
Rakia Moalla-Fetini, IMF mission chief for Syria, talks to The Syria Report in an exclusive interview.
Syria is still far from its target of a social market economy, says Taysir Raddawi, the head of the State Planning Commission.

Naji Al Otri, Syria’s Prime Minister, laid the foundation stone and inaugurated a series of social and health projects during a visit to the two central governorates of Homs and Hama.


Abdallah Dardari, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Economic Affairs, painted a rosy picture of the state of the Syrian economy during a press conference in Damascus on May 21


The number of tourists visiting Syria posted an annual growth of 19.2 percent in 2006, according to the latest figures of the Central Bureau of Statistics.


Syria’s total foreign trade volume rose to SYP 1 trillion (USD 20 billion) in 2006, an annual increase of 12 percent, according to preliminary estimates from the Central Bureau of Statistics.
The Central Bureau of Statistics is working hard to improve the quality and reliability of its data, Ibrahim al-Ali, head of CBS said.
Syria’s nominal Gross Domestic Product reached SYP 1 813 billion (USD 35.70 billion) in 2006 according to a source at the Central Bank of Syria
Syria’s population will exceed 30 million by 2025, according to Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Abdullah Dardari.
Hyundai was the most sold car in Syria last year according to a research conducted by Al-Iqtisad Wa Al-Nakl

The value of crude oil exports represented only a third of total exports in the first nine months of 2006, according to preliminary data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Syria’s Gross Domestic Product is expected to grow by 5.6 percent in 2007 according to Abdallah Dardari, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs
Syria’s Gross Domestic Product should grow by 5 percent this year and 5.2 percent in 2007 according Ibrahim al-Ali, the head of Syria’s Central Bureau of Statistics. In 2005 GDP growth stood at 4.5 percent

Syria's population will grow by around a half by 2015, should the growth rate remain at its current level, according to the findings of a workshop held by the Syrian Commission for Family Affairs, the State Planning Commission and the Central Bureau of...


The Syrian government has founded a new institution to combat unemployment, the Public Commission for Employment and Projects Development (PCEPD), which is replacing the five-year old Unemployment Combating Commission (UCC).


Traffic in Tartous port, Syria’s largest commercial maritime port is rising according to preliminary figures.


Philippine’s International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has won the 10-year concession contract to manage the container terminal of the Port of Tartous.

Syrian exports of textile products to the European Union fell sharply in 2005.
GDP grew by 5.5 percent in the non-oil component of the Syrian economy in 2005 according to Abdallah Dardari, deputy Prime Minister in charge of Economic Affairs.

The Government approved on May 2 the set-up of the "Eastern Region Development council", which will have the task to coordinate development programs in the three eastern provinces of Hassakeh, Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor.

A study into violence against women in Syria released in the first week of April by the state-run General Union of Women and funded by United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) found that one in four married women surveyed was beaten by a family member.

3 million passengers used Syrian airports in 2005, according to preliminary figures from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation published in al-Thawra.
The volume of goods that are handled by Syria’s two main container ports continued to increase at a significant pace.

The Syrian Government approved the draft text of the 10th 5-year plan early January. The text is doing away with detailed planning and is focusing instead on defining strategies and setting goals.


The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) expects Syria’s growth rate to reach 4.5 percent for the year 2005, recording an increase from last year’s rate of 2.0%.