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Special policies being prepared to enhance national production, says Economy Minister

DAMASCUS, (S.T) – Syria's retreat in several world indicators doesn't denote a retreat in national economy, Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade said on Saturday. 

In a press conference held at the Statistics and Planning Directorate, Dr. Mohammad Zafer Mihbek, asserted the significance of drawing up not only research plans for food and non-food items but also policies to increase production and to enhance competitive process in the Syrian economy.

He called for taking feasibility studies into consideration before starting any projects, and applying special policies for protecting nascent industrial projects. 

"It is very important to follow up Syria's rank in the periodical indications of the national and international reports; in addition to analyzing the data and information of these reports in order to inspect the weaknesses and tackle them with the parties concerned," said the minister.  

Meanwhile, Head of the Planning, Survey and Enhancing Competition Department Samar Qsibati, stressed that the ministry's new vision focuses on studying production and marketing of items as economic resources.

"The vision also underlines the importance of linking between supporting production and the crops in a scientific way, and exporting surplus strategic items such as sheep, meat, olive oil, and ready clothes,"said Qsibati.

She cited that the number of international reports by which Syria is listed reaches at 30, including that of  Global Competiveness, the Global Information Technology, the Logistics Performance Index, the Global Innovation Index, Human Development Index, Global Food Security Index and Environmental Performance Index.