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The value of a single shipment of Captagon pills from Syria recently seized by Italian customs authorities represents more than the country’s total annual exports of goods. The Italians have pulled back from their initial claim that ISIS was behind the shipment.


The text of decleration by the the co-chairs of the Brussels IV Conference held on June 30, 2020.


Updated on June 18, 2020: The entry into force today of the Caesar Act expands sanctions on Syria and will increase challenges for the regime and the economy alike. The U.S. administration has also expanded its list of Syrians under sanctions.


Despite growing by almost eight percent last year, all major indicators indicate a deep deterioration in economic and social conditions in Syria, a recently released report has said.


The Central Bank of Syria has devalued the Syrian pound in an attempt to close the gap with the black -market rate- but the measure came to no avail, as the currency renewed its downward trend today.


The number of people who tested positive for the Coronavirus increased in the past week to 58 from 47, according to the Ministry of Health.


Insurance premiums in Syria increased last year despite remaining only a fraction of their pre-2011 level in real terms.


The rise of Rami Makhlouf as Syria’s most prominent businessman coincided with the ascent to power of Bashar Al-Assad in 2000. Given his long history of influence within the ruling elite, Mr Makhlouf’s recent side-lining raises many questions about the potential implications of his fall from grace.


This article is an updated and expanded factsheet on the economic and business relations between Syria and Russia as of April 2020.


As in previous years, the administration of northeast Syria is preparing to compete with the government to buy wheat harvested by local farmers.


In this 4,400-word factsheet, we provide a profile of the main businesses and economic institutions affiliated with the Syrian Ministry of Defence.


The number of Syrians who have tested positive for the Coronavirus has increased to 19, according to the Ministry of Health. Two have died and two have recovered.


On March 30, the Ministry of Health announced the death of a second person from the Coronavirus, out of a total of ten positive cases, while the government added new measures to limit the spread of the virus.


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.


The full transcript of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Russia 24 TV Channel on March 05, 2020


A strange statement by the Syrian Presidency has highlighted potential tensions within the regime’s highest circles.


The Central Bank of Syria has expanded the use of a devalued exchange rate as it seeks to lower pressure on the pound in the black market.


Syria’s oil and gas infrastructure has been attacked twice this week after several similar incidents in recent months which may indicate that the country’s energy infrastructure is being systematically targeted.


The Ministry of Finance has announced a timetable to sell SYP 300 billion worth of Treasury bonds in 2020, the first such issues in nine years.


Syrian authorities have announced new penalties for dealing in foreign currencies and closed more than a dozen foreign exchange companies, but also offered a more attractive rate to buy dollars. However, these moves have little chance of stopping the freefall of the Syrian pound.

DECEMBER 20, 2019

The Central Bank of Syria has introduced a new exchange rate for international organisations operating in Syria, allowing them to change dollars into pounds at a rate well above the official price.

The full transcript of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by French Paris Match magazine on November 28, 2019.


This text regulates rental contracts signed for residential properties before February 2001 and for commercial properties before February 2006. For rental contracts signed after these dates, it is Law No. 6 of 2001 that applies.

The full transcript of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Russia 24 and Rossiya Sevodnya.


The full transcript of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Russian TV network, RT.


The text of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Syrian state TV on October 31, 2019.