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The Ministry of Health said on August 25 that 219,500 Syrians living in areas under its control, representing between one and two percent of the population, had been vaccinated against the Covid-19.


The list below includes all the Syrian individuals, entities, aircrafts and vessels that have been put under sanctions by the U.S. Administration since 2005.


Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a rare visit to Damascus in a strong gesture of support for the Syrian regime. Mr Wang’s visit was the first by a foreign minister of China since the 2011 uprising and coincided with the swearing in of President Bashar Al-Assad for a fourth seven-year term.


The list below includes the names of all the individuals that have been blacklisted by the European Union since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in March 2011.


The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a compromise resolution allowing humanitarian agencies to continue delivering aid to Syria through its northern border without consent from Damascus.


New Green Ark manages hospitality projects and offers services in the hospitality industry.


The Ministry of Health announced this week that all health workers in government-held areas had been vaccinated as the Syrian Ambassador in Moscow said Syria had received its first shipment of the Russian vaccine early this month.


Production from Gulfsands Petroleum’s main asset in Syria remained at 20,000 barrels per day last year, according to its 2020 annual report in which the company said plans to return to the country continued “at pace”.


Despite intensive media campaigns encouraging Syrians to register for COVID-19 vaccines over the past month, take-up among the population appears to be modest and none of the various administrations in Syria have released official statistics on the progress of their vaccination drive.


Joyowan deals in household equipment trading, building materials trading and contracting.


The Syrian government has announced a steep increase in the price of fertilisers, a decision that will weigh heavily on the already ailing agricultural sector.


Chinese exports to Syria declined by more than a third last year, indicating a significant fall in economic demand. This follows a similar drop in imports from Turkey, Syria’s largest supplier.


Following is the text of the speech delivered by UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen to the Security Council on May 26.


The administration in charge of northeast Syria has received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines and begun administering them to health workers as the number of positive cases across the country continues to tick up. 


A leading manufacturer of clothing in Syria is set to close several retail outlets because of shrinking textile production and low consumer demand, in an ominous sign for a sector that was once an important pillar of the country’s economy.


The Ministry of Health has launched an electronic platform and asked Syrians and non-Syrians living in areas under its control to register their names in order to manage a vaccination campaign launched last week, beginning with health workers.


A Covid-19 vaccination campaign has begun in northwest Syria after 53,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines were allocated to the area by the World Health Organisation.


Fabric trading; building materials trading; export-import


The Syrian government announced this week it had received 203,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine via the COVAX facility in addition to 150,000 doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine.


The Syrian Investment Agency (SIA), a state-owned body that licenses and promotes large-scale investment projects in the country, has published a report showing a modest increase in investments in 2019.


Donors pledged EUR 5.3 billion (USD 6.4 billion) towards humanitarian relief efforts for Syria at a recent conference -- a decrease on last year’s commitments and only around half the funds needed. As the conflict entered its second decade, most countries reduced funding, though both the European Union and Germany increased their contributions.


Prominent UK-based Syrian investor Ayman Asfari has sold his share in Gulfsands Petroleum to an investment firm owned by a Russian businessman, which now holds a controlling stake in the company.


Syria will soon receive one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the World Health Organisation has said, as the number of positive coronavirus cases continued to rise sharply.


A Syrian state entity has extended the deadline for a tender to supply 25,000 tons of rice after failing to receive sufficiently attractive offers.


An Iranian delegation travelled to Damascus last week with the aim of enhancing technological ties between the two countries in a visit that included the signing of a deal for a new credit line.

The Ministry of Health said it began vaccinating Syrians against the novel coronavirus on Monday with initial doses administered to healthcare workers as a further 471 new cases were recorded across the country.


The United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said it has settled with U.S.-based cryptocurrency company BitPay over a violation of its sanctions on Syria and other countries.


The Covid-19 pandemic continued to spread at a steady pace last week, with 540 new cases recorded, up from 536 the previous week. The week before, 694 new cases had been reported.


The Ministry of Electricity has decided to cut overnight power supplies to Syria's main industrial cities twice per week until the end of February, in a new sign of the severity of the electricity shortages affecting the country. The cities, which comprise the backbone of Syria’s industrial sector, had previously been exempted from power rationing.


The French subsidiary of Synutra International, a Chinese infant formula manufacturer, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Syria’s Bakkour Company for Food Production to provide advisory and other services for a new factory in the Hama province.


Iran continued to export crude oil to Syria last month, although the rate of deliveries fell after rising notably in October, according to a shipping monitoring website.


Taiwan will donate USD 500,000 for educational programmes in north-eastern Syria, according to Taiwanese media, in an unusual step given its generally limited engagement with Syria.


A Chinese state-run company has made an offer to finance, build and develop a railway project that would link the Syrian capital with its suburbs through four rail lines, state media reported this week.


The Syrian government will commission an unnamed contractor to restore turbines at the Aleppo thermal power plant—one of the country’s biggest power plants—in a contract worth EUR 124 million, officials said.


The total volume of Syria’s foreign trade edged down two percent last year, while its trade deficit remained substantial, according to international trade data.


The tables below provide a list of Syria's main trading partners last year with the value of their exports to, and import from, Syria.


ATMs are once again partially operating in Syria after new payment companies affiliated with the regime were established, about five months after the sudden withdrawal of the main ATM operator from the market.