Syria, Iran sign MoU on electricity cooperation

Tehran – A Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in electricity sector was signed between Syria and Iran on Tuesday.

The memo provides for establishing a new power generation station in Lattakia with a total capacity of 450 MW, establishing 5 gas units with a capacity of 125 MW in Banias, in addition to evaluating the damage caused to Aleppo Thermal Station and rehabilitating the 1st and 5th gas units in Aleppo, SANA reported.

It also stipulated for rehabilitating and reactivating the Electrical Supervisory Control Center and Data Acquisition (ESCADA) in Damascus, rehabilitating the 90-MW al-Taim generating plant in Deir Ezzor and improving the performance of Jandar Generating Plant in Homs.

The memo was signed by Electricity Minister Mohammad Zuhair Kharboutli and Director General of the General Establishment for Electricity Generation Hammoud Ramadan on the Syrian side and Iran’s Deputy Minister of Energy Sattar Mahmoudi and MAPNA Group Chairman and CEO, Aliabadi on the Iranian side.

In the same context, Eng. Ramadan and Aliabadi singed two contracts on importing 5 gas units to Aleppo City with capacity of 125 MW and rehabilitating and improving the capacity of the 34 MW Gas Unit in Banias power station to become 38 MW.

Later, Kharboutli discussed with the Advisor to the First Vice President of Iran, head of the Committee for Development of Iranian-Syrian Economic Relations Saeed Ohadi means to overcome obstacles facing the investment of Iranian companies in Syria during the reconstruction phase

The Syrian Ambassador in Tehran Dr. Adnan Mahmoud attended the signature of the MoU and the two contracts.

Cabinet calls for securing needs of Deir Ezzor, approves agricultural production plan for 2017/2018

Damascus - During its weekly session chaired by Prime Minister Imad Khamis, the Cabinet called on all the ministries to provide the needs and necessary supplies for the people of Deir Ezzor in terms of food, medicines, school supplies, and relief aid, in addition to securing the basic services required for the return of Deir Ezzor’s residents.

The Cabinet also charged the Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade with the establishment of permanent centers for Syrian products in the main cities of friendly countries that will serve as “Syrian commercial malls.”

The Cabinet approved the production plan for the agricultural season 2017/2018, which includes the expansion of family farming in rural areas, increasing irrigated areas by 8326 hectares, increasing the areas allocated for wheat cultivation by 13790 hectares, and increasing the area for the cultivation of tobacco by 4353 hectares, SANA reported.

Under patronage of President al-Assad, 3rd International Trade Union Conference kicks off

Damascus - Under the patronage of President Bashar al-Assad, the 3rd the International Trade Union Conference “ITUC” in Solidarity with Workers and People of Syria against Terrorism, Blockades and Economic Sanctions and Imperial Intervention Policies kicked off Monday at Sahara Tourist Complex in Damascus Countryside .

56 Arab and international organizations and more than 100 political, intellectual and media figures from 40 states are participating in the Conference, SANA reported.

Participants in the two-day Conference will discuss the solidarity with Syria in the face of terrorism and the danger of the Takfiri mentality and the role of the organizations, syndicates and media in facing it , in addition to the economic blockade as one of the types of terrorism and its social and economic repercussions on the Syrian people.

In a speech delivered during the opening of the Conference, Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions Jamal al-Qadiri said that the Syrian people have faced Takfiri terrorism backed by well-known foreign powers, and they faced an economic war represented in the unjust siege.

Syria participates in World Food Moscow Exhibition

Moscow – The sixth World Food Moscow Exhibition kicked off on Monday in Moscow with the participation of more than 1,500 companies from more than 60 countries including Syria.

Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council committee on agriculture Sergei Lisovsky told SANA that he is glad to see Syria returning to global markets and entering the Russian market, affirming that Syria’s participation in the Exhibition is an opportunity for expanding the export of goods to Russia.

Lisovsky said that despite seven years of terrorism and Western sanctions, the Syrian people are capable of overcoming these ordeals and rebuilding their country and economy in record time.

For his part, trade attache at the Syrian Embassy in Moscow Munzer Ahmad said that the Syrian companies’ participation in this even proves that Syria is recovering and becoming stronger and more determined.

In turn, Director General of Makki for food industries and sweets Hussam Makki said that the company is participating in the Exhibition to boost trade exchange between Syria and Russia and improve commercial relations, noting that Syrian products proved popular at the event.

In a similar statement, Director of Trade Development at Sama al-Cham Group for food and construction Fayssal Mouselli said that the turnout for the company’s booth has been greater than expected, and many visitors were wondering about how the Syrians are able to participate in this event despite the terrorist war on Syria.

The Exhibition will conclude on September 14th.

Positive Outcomes of Damascus International Fair to Be Invested

DAMASCUS– Investing the positive outcomes of Damascus International Fair, expanding the base of trade exchange with friendly countries and organizing external exhibitions to market the Syrian products on the widest scale were discussed at a special work meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imad Khamis on Wednesday, according to SANA.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, the Cabinet Secretary, Head of the Syrian Exporters Federation, Director General of the Establishment for International Fairs and Markets and Director General of the Domestic Production Commission.