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Japan has provided a new financial grant to the main opposition-managed fund dedicated to finance projects in rebel areas.


The text of U.N. Security Council resolution 2268 (2016) adopted on February 26, 2016, endorsing the cessation of hostilities agreement reached by the United States and the Russian Federation, co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group.


The list of countries and amounts pledged during the Supporting Syria Conference held in London on February 04, 2016.


A weekly selection of articles and reports on Syria.


The table below lists all the funding provided in 2015 to the UN and its partner organisations for the Syrian humanitarian crisis.


Switzerland has banned the sale of jet fuel and fuel additives to Syria following in the European Union steps.


A department of Russian Literature opened last week at Damascus University, as the Syrian Government seeks to highlight its strengthening ties with Moscow.


The market for cars in Damascus has declined to only 0.5 percent of its level four years ago, according to official data.


The European Union has published the names of Syrian entities and individuals that were included to its sanctions list last week.


The Syrian President has appointed seven new governors and a new head for the State Planning and International Cooperation Commission.


Turkey announced today that it was closing its embassy in Damascus only days after the Turkish Prime Minister said that his country was on the verge of breaking diplomatic relations with its southern neighbour.


Switzerland and Australia have announced an expansion of a blacklist of Syrian individuals and entities that are sanctioned for their alleged support to the Syrian authorities’ handling of the popular uprising engulfing the country.


Imperial Tobacco and JTI, two of the largest global tobacco firms, have acknowledged that their operations had been impacted by the unrest in Syria and the sanctions imposed by the EU and US on Syrian individuals and companies.


The Governor of the Central Bank has said that Syria was willing to use the Russian Ruble in international transactions should a ban on the Euro be imposed by the European Union.


The Damascus Governorate has re-issued for the third time a tender for the design and regulatory study for the development of informal areas in and outside Damascus.


In a widely expected move,  on Friday the European Union imposed a ban on all new investments in the Syrian oil industry, although existing operations will not have to be discontinued.


A recent survey by the Central Bureau of Statistics shows that the vast majority of people leaving in illegal housing areas in Syria benefit from the same services as those living in regulated zones.


Classify and register ships

The number of tourists that entered Syria in the first nine months of 2010 stood at 6.6 million, a year-on-year increase of 46 percent, according to the Ministry of Tourism.

Korean brands continued to hold a majority share of the Syrian car market in the first half of this year according to the state-owned General Foreign Trade Organisation.


Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), a Japanese ship classification society, has opened an exclusive surveyor office in Syria.
The Container Terminal of Tartous, managed by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), a Filipino firm, saw an increase of 23 percent in the volume of goods handled in the first quarter of this year.

The General Organization for Maritime Transportation, a state-run company, has announced that it has added a new ship to its fleet.

JICA, Japan’s International Cooperation Agency, is providing Syria with USD 16.27 million in grants to finance projects in the waste management, clean power and education fields.
Toyota has launched in Syria its latest generation car, Prius, the first hybrid vehicle to enter the Syrian market.

Syria’s General Organization of Tobacco will be producing cigarettes under the Malboro and Winston brands, according to Faysal Sammaq, Director-General.

Shimizu, a Japanese corporation, will invest USD 3.58 million in the development of a burning system at a plant affiliated to the General Fertilizers Company, according to Ahmad Kharma, the general manager of GFC.
The Syrian government has set minimum prices on a large list of imported manufactured products in a move aimed at protecting local industry.

SYRIAMAR, or the Syrian General Establishment of Maritime Transport, will acquire two new vessels for its fleet at a cost of USD 42.5 million.

*By Ben Simpfendorfer
The rise of China is one of this century’s great stories. The country ranks as the world’s third largest economy, the world’s second largest oil consumer, and one of the largest holders of United States government debt. It is no surprise that the sudden slowing in China’s economic growth, from 13 percent to 7 percent, has captured the attention of bankers and CEOs alike.

The English transcript of the interview of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun on March 12, 2009.


Market Evolution Software Products Limited, a company from the Bahamas, has been chosen to supply the electronic trading systems to be used by the Damascus Securities Exchange (DSE).

The 2008 turnover of the General Organization of Tobacco (GOT) is expected to reach SYP 25.6 billion (USD 533 million), according to Salman Abbas, Deputy Director-General.

Syria’s net liquid reserves of foreign currencies stand at USD 20 billion, according to Adib Mayaleh, the Governor of the Central Bank of Syria.

The General Organization for Free Zones (GOFZ) has given a preliminary approval to a group of investors to set up three dry ports in the north, south and eastern parts of the country at a total investment cost of USD 25 million, according to Ahmed Abdu...

Adib Mayaleh, the Governor of the Central Bank of Syria, has announced that the link of the Syrian Pound to the Special Drawing Rights will start in July.

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.

Ford Motor, the second largest American car manufacturer, was investigated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission last July for operations in Syria, it appears from a letter released only on November 24th by the SEC.


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.


Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Security Council requested the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission to report to the Council on the progress of the inquiry, including on the cooperation received from the Syrian authorities, every three months from the adoption of resolution 1644 (2005) 0115 December 2005.




Resolution 1636 (2005), Adopted at Ministerial Level, Decides

On Assets Freeze for Suspects, Warns of ‘Further Action’ for Non-Compliance

Formally endorsing the Report of the United Nations Independent Investigation Commission that found evidence of Syrian involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the Security Council this morning, in a ministerial meeting, called for Syria to cooperate fully and unconditionally with the Commission and insisted it not interfere in Lebanese affairs.


In a further substantial donation to developing Syria’s ailing water supply network, Japan signed an agreement to award Syria USD 3.64 million, or 390 million Yen, to reconstruct tunnels bringing water into Damascus.

Bank Audi Syria (BAS) will be the fourth private bank to operate in Syria after the Syrian Government gave the go-ahead for its official licensing on May 30.
A monorail track will run through the Syrian capital within two years, according to the Syrian minister of transport, Makram Obeid, after the government approved a Malaysian project in that sense.

The Japanese government has granted USD 7m to Syria for a project to improve the water supply to Damascus.

The Public Establishment of Electricity for Generation and Transmission (PEEGT) has received bids for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the 750-MW combined cycle plant at Deir-ez-Zor, according to Middle east Engineering.