Governmental Delegation Inspects Work on al-Baath University’s Power Substation

HOMS – Prime Minister Imad Khamis, accompanied by a governmental delegation, inspected on Saturday work on al-Baath University’s power substation in al-Shammas neighborhood in Homs city.

The plant, which cost SYP 17 billion, is scheduled to be put for investment at the beginning of August.

Electricity Minister Mohammad Zuhair Kharboutli said that this substation is one of the most advanced power facilities in the Middle East, noting that launching the plant in August will contribute to stability of the power grim in the middle region in general and Homs province in particular, according to SANA.

The governmental delegation also visited Josieh border crossing and were briefed on the preparations for reopening it.

Premier Khamis in Homs: Importance of optimal investment of resources

Homs – Prime Minister Imad Khamis affirmed the necessity of upgrading the executive mechanism of the economic, development and social sectors of Homs governorate to move to a new stage by developing a future strategic vision.

During a meeting with economic, religious, partisan and popular figures at the building of Homs Governorate on Thursday, Khamis said that the government is serious about developing the current situation and improving the level of work mechanisms in all sectors, SANA reported.

Large Participation of Arab Businessmen at Damascus International Fair

Damascus, (ST) - The head of the Syrian Exporters Federation (SEF) Mohammed Al-Sawah said that the Damascus International Fair will witness great participation of Arab businessmen from more than 10 Arab countries, especially in light of the facilities provided for their arrival and the shipment of goods.
According to a statement by the SEF to local press, Mr. al Sawah pointed out, during his meeting with a number of businessmen in the Omani capital of Muscat, the importance of holding the Damascus International Fair because it shows the world the rotation of production in Syrian factories and the return of security and safety to many industrial zones in Syria.

Health Campaign Helps Support Food Security and Livelihoods

Damascus - The food security and livelihoods situation of some 234,000 people has received a strong boost thanks to a recently completed animal health campaign led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Syria Veterinary Medical Association.

With funding from the United States Government, the three-month campaign has protected more than 1.3 million sheep and goats and 65,000 cattle from parasites and parasitic diseases in Syria.

The current crisis has weakened Syria's veterinary services and a shortage of vaccines has increased the risk of infection in livestock upon which many people living in rural areas.

Wheat and meat push FAO Food Price Index higher in June

Rome - Global food commodity prices rose in June, led by wheat and meat prices.

The FAO Food Price Index, a monthly trade-weighted index tracking international market prices of five major food commodity groups, released today, averaged 175.2 points in June, up 1.4 percent from May and 7.0 percent from a year earlier.

The FAO Cereal Price Index rose by 4.2 percent in the month, amid surging prices of high-protein wheat due to deteriorating crop conditions in the United States of America. Maize prices, by contrast, declined amid record harvests in South America.