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The Syrian government assessed last week the progress of the working group tasked with producing a reconstruction programme for Syria.


In this 2,200-word factsheet we provide a profile of the Syrian cement sector.


A UN agency has estimated that in the past year the war has generated additional losses of some USD 60 billion to the Syrian economy.


The demand for steel and cement in Syria is too low to justify any new investment in this sector, government officials have said.


At the beginning of this month the government made public for the first time some information on its efforts to devise a long-term strategy for post-war Syria.


Last week, the Government’s reconstruction committee met to discuss for the first time the devising of a broad reconstruction strategy although questions over finance and strategy remain unanswered.


ESCWA estimates that the losses in physical capital incurred by Syria in the past six years amounts to USD 100 billion.


This table provides estimates of GDP growth and level during the past six years compared with how they were forecast prior to the uprising and the economic loss that resulted from that differential and from the physical destruction.


The following table provides an estimate in dollars of the physical capital losses of each sector of activity in Syria as at the end of 2016.


The European Union has allowed some exemptions on its Syria sanctions regime on oil purchases and transport for humanitarian purposes.


A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.


A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.


Syria’s GDP will continue to decline next year, albeit at a slower rate, according to ESCWA, a UN body.


Syria’s balance of payments remained largely in the red last year as the current account continued to suffer from dismal goods and services exports, the IMF said in a report on the state of the Syrian economy.


The Syrian opposition has strongly criticized a recent ESCWA report on the state of the Syrian economy.


A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.


A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.


A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.


Estimates and projections on Syria’s economic performance remain as difficult as ever to make as shown in two recent global publications.


Syria’s gross domestic product is forecast to continue to decline this year and next albeit at lower rates than in past years.


Syria’s demand for cement could rise to an average of 50 million tons per annum in the five years that follow the end of the conflict, according to a Syrian official.


The number of labour lawsuits has surged in the last three years as a large number of wage earners have lost their jobs.


An average Syrian family needs some USD 267 per month in order to cover its basic expenses, according to an estimate made by a local media.


A report by a UN-affiliated body has provided a dramatic picture of Syria’s main economic and social indicators, three and a half years after the beginning of the popular uprising.


Abdallah Dardari, Syria’s former Deputy Prime Minister, provided an estimate for the economic cost of Syria’s reconstruction during a business forum in which many of Syria’s old business faces reappeared.


The rising number of unemployed is putting a strain on the budget of the Social Security Organisation, according to one of its officials.


Syria’s unemployment rate rose to 60 percent and its GDP declined by 45 percent compared to 2011, according to estimates from ESCWA.


A third of Syria’s housing units has been destroyed or damaged by the conflict, according to the United Nations.


The World Bank and ESCWA have estimated Syria’s GDP to have plunged by 20 to 30 percent last year as the war engulfing the country continues to take its toll on the economy.


The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, a UN-affiliated body, expects Syria’s Gross Domestic product to contract by 5.5 percent this year.

Around 25,000 Syrian migrants settled in the United States in the last decade, according to a recent study.

Nasri Al-Khouri, head of the Syrian-Lebanese Higher Council, talks on the economic and trade relationship between Lebanon and Syria.

In case any doubts still remained, the Syrian authorities have made sure that their new position towards the future role and size of the public sector is now clear.
Syria has adopted a bold new strategy to develop its Information and Communication Technologies sector.
According to a study from ESCWA (the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia), the three countries of Lebanon, Jordan and Syria could save up to USD 850 million between them in the five years ending 2007 should they facilitate th...

A cooperation agreement to combat desertification was recently signed by the ESCWA and two Syria-based international institutions.