Approval of a Number of Investment and Development Projects in Lattakia and Tartous

Damascus- The special meeting held at the Cabinet approved the establishment of 11 investment projects in the provinces of Tartous and 4 projects in Lattakia. These projects are to be implemented from the private sector according to incentives in the framework of launching a package of development projects aimed at activating the culture of investment in the local councils because it forms the backbone of economic development.

In a meeting held today under the chairmanship of Eng. Emad Khamis, Prime Minister in this regard, 15 projects were approved in Lattakia and 24 projects in Tartous. These projects are financed by the investment budget of each governorate. The project was attended by the governors of Daraa, Sweida and Quneitra.

Investment projects at the level of the two governorates included the establishment of a concrete factory, a project for the production of protected agriculture supplies, veterinary and agricultural medicines, beach fish, a project for sorting and packing fruits and vegetables, a plant for the manufacture of medicinal and herbal compounds and flowers, a project for the extraction of sea salt, a storage plant for grain, plastic fruit packing plant and an eco-tourism project.

Projects at the level of administrative units included "projects for the production of agricultural mushrooms, construction of buildings, commercial and investment shops, storage and cooling units, bee breeding and small mills.

Eng. Khamis explained the importance of laying the sound foundations for the local councils to take their developmental role in each governorate. He stressed that these projects are considered as an essential step for achieving development and contribute to creating jobs and creating local development at the level of regions and administrative units.

The meeting was attended by Ministers of Agriculture, Internal Trade, Consumer Protection, Local Administration, Environment, Transport, Finance, Economy and Foreign Trade, Chairman of the Planning and International Cooperation Authority, Secretary General of the Cabinet.

In a statement to reporters, Lattakia Governor Ibrahim Khider al-Salem pointed out that the 15 projects approved will benefit the administrative units and the local community.

For his part, the governor of Tartous Safwan Abu Saadi said that the development and investment projects in the province will constitute a significant developmental leap, pointing to the granting of aids to the administrative units in order to launch development projects and complete meetings with businessmen in the province to be implemented.

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Belarusian PM Discusses with al-Moallem Ways to Strengthen Economic Relations

Minsk- The Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, Sergei Rumas, discussed with Walid al-Moallem, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants in Minsk, the steps to be taken during the next phase to enhance relations between the two countries in the economic field and upgrade them to the level of political relations between them.

Viewpoints were identical on the meetings of the 7th session of the Joint Syrian-Belarusian Committee due to be held in Damascus soon constitute a suitable opportunity which should be an appropriate opportunity to benefit from them and what to be discussed of topics and issues in order to enhance the economic relations between the two countries and to increase trade exchange to achieve a partnership between them benefiting from the strategic location enjoyed by both countries in order to serve the common interest of the two countries and the two friendly peoples.

During the meeting, Mr. Rumas stressed the importance of activating the agreements, memorandums of understanding and executive programs signed between the two countries and activating the work teams emanating from the joint committee.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Mohammed Ayman Sousan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Mohammed Al-Omrani, Director of the Special Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Muhannad Alloush, Charge d'Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Minsk and the delegation accompanying the Foreign Minister. The Belarusian side was represented by, Yuri Sokolka, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus in Damascus, Assistant Minister of Industry of Belarus and a number of officials of the Prime Minister and Foreign Ministry of Belarus.

On the sidelines of his visit to Minsk, Mr. al -Moallem also held a television interview with the first channel on Belarusian state television, in which he spoke about the political situation in Syria, the fight against terrorism, the meetings of Astana and the Syrian-Belarusian relations.

The President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko met yesterday with al -Moallem and discussed with him the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and the prospects of enhancing cooperation and consultation and exchange of visits between them to serve their mutual interests in addition to the latest developments in Syria, the regional and international arenas.

Al -Moallem also held a formal talk with Belarusian Foreign Minister, Vladimir Mackey, and reviewed the reality of the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and ways to raise them to the level desired by the two countries.

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Arab and Foreign Businessmen Invited for Visiting 61st Damascus International Fair

DAMASCUS, (ST)- The public relations committee of the private sector team participating in the 61st edition of Damascus International Fair (DIF) has sent invitations to businessmen delegations from several Arab and foreign countries to visit DIF and know about the exhibited products as well as the trade and investment opportunities available in Syria, particularly as the country is launching an all-out reconstruction process.

Chairman of the Damascus Countryside Chamber of Commerce, head of the committee Wasim al-Qattan said in a statement to SANA that the committee is working to expand the range of invitations to businessmen in coordination with other Syrian chambers, economic parties and concerned public sides with the purpose of providing necessary facilitations and support as to make these visits a success for the benefit of national economy.

Russian Experts: Damascus International Fair Is Important Economic Event in the Region

MOSCOW-Russian Expert and diplomat for the Middle Eastern affairs Viacheslav Matuzov affirmed that Damascus International Fair is one of most important economic events in the region, SANA reported.

"A lot of Russian and European companies show interest to work in Syria, whether in regards to reconstruction process or in the field of energy and agriculture,” Matuzov told SANA correspondent in Moscow on Thursday.

In a similar interview, Economic Researcher Gregory Lukyanov said that economic exhibitions and conference, particularly Damascus international Fair, play a key role in finding good economic environments, adding that the Fair will witness a wide participation from Russian companies.

Executive Steps to Expand Using Renewable Energies Discussed

DAMASCUS- Under the chairmanship of Eng. Emad Khamis, the Prime Minister, a meeting was held at the Ministry of Electricity and discussed the executive steps of the state strategy to expand using renewable energy in all its forms.

The steps are focused on amending the legislation governing all renewable, solar and wind energies including manufacturing, production, investment, marketing and delivery within 15 days to be presented to the Cabinet for appropriate decision, as well as granting long term loans and incentives for the establishment of renewable energy production plants.

The steps include encouraging household holdings of renewable energies, reviving the solar heater loan, granting it to long-term citizens, developing the solar pump industry, and setting a plan for adopting solar energy in public bodies and schools and in the capacities used in agriculture such as pumps for agricultural wells and fuel stations.

The National Energy Research Center (NREC) was asked to develop a national strategy and incentives to expand the use of these energies and focus on the efficiency of the use of energies and revive the national plan for energy conservation and announce the launch of projects for partnership with the private sector in the field of renewable energies and attracting investors from home and abroad.

The Prime Minister stressed that the completion of a strategy for renewable energies is a major step to self-reliance and energy security in the face of the siege and sanctions on the Syrian people, pointing out the importance of its adoption to be a key input and contribute to secure the need of Syria's energy in the future.

In a statement to reporters after the meeting, the Director General of the Energy Research Center at the Ministry of Electricity, Dr. Younis Ali said that during the meeting, the focus was on modifying the renewable energy legislation to be more flexible and encouraging the private sector to implement projects in this field.

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