Up to 75 million jobs around the world are expected to be lost, says the World Travel and Tourism Council

The negative impacts of coronavirus pandemic outbreak in the world has affected the world tourism sector threatening the loss of 75 million jobs globally and a $2.1 trillion loss in the Gross Global Product this year.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the number of the jobs which are at risk may witness a 50% rise from the previous statistics.

The council also said that Asia-Pacific is expected to be heavily affected with the loss of up to 49 million jobs while the European tourism and travel sector is expected to witness the loss of 10 million jobs, causing nearly $552 billion loss in the GDP of Europe.

Syria, Cuba discuss enhancing trade cooperation

HAVANA, (ST)-  Enhancing trade relations between Syria and Cuba was the  main theme of the meeting held on Thursday in Havana between Syria’s Ambassador to Cuba Idris Mayya and President of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce Antonio Carricarte.

Carricarte affirmed the need to boost economic cooperation and trade exchange between Cuba and Syria so that they match the distinguished political relations and strong historical friendship between the two countries.

On his part, the Syrian ambassador affirmed that both Syria and Cuba are determined to strengthen economic relations, particularly as the two countries are facing coercive economic measures imposed by the US on their peoples.

Cultivation of about 167 thousand hectares of food legumes, the first is Lentils

DAMASCUS, (ST) - The Director of Plant Production in the Ministry of Agriculture, Eng. Abdul Moeen Qadamani, said that the total planned area of food legume crops “lentils, chickpeas, beans and peas” for the 2019-2020 season amounted to more than 290 thousand hectares, while the cultivated area reached about 167 thousand hectares, more than 111 One thousand hectares of lentils, and more than 33 thousand hectares of chickpeas. There are 16 thousand hectares of beans, in addition to about 6 thousand hectares of peas.

The Home Gardens and Food Processing Project reaches thousands of rural families in 8 governorates

The Home Gardening and Food Processing Project has reached thousands of rural families in the last three years. It expanded its activities and projects such as poultry- raising and fish farming to eight Syrian governorates.

The Project launched its first phase  in 2017 with the aim of increasing the income of rural families, supporting their livelihoods in their villages, and achieving food security and self-sufficiency.

A new methodology of work followed by the Reconstruction Committee to rebuild liberated areas

On March 10, the Reconstruction Committee on the rebuilding of areas liberated from terrorism and compensation for war-affected people discussed its plan for the next stage in light of the expansion of the victories achieved by the Syrian Arab Army.

During a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Eng. Imad Khamis, the Committee evaluated the implemented projects and how to finance the services projects in the liberated areas to ease the return of displaced people to their hometowns.