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"Made in Syria" festival opened at al-Jala'a Sports city

The 97th session of the monthly marketing festival "Made in Syria" was opened at al-Jala'a Sports city with the participation of 130 national industrial companies.

Organized by the Chamber of Industry in Damascus and Damascus Countryside, the festival displays a wide choice of food products, textiles and different kinds of detergents in appropriate prices.
Chairman of Industry Chamber in Damascus and its Countryside Samer al-Dibes affirmed in a press statement that the Chamber would continue to organize this event to present the products of the industrialists to consumers directly.
The official in charge of the Syrian Trade Establishment Moualla Aranji said that the prices in the pavilion are 30 per cent lower than the market, noting that the products are various.
He affirmed the necessity of offering sales in every session of the festival so that companies can support citizens in light of the soaring prices.

Ministry of Agriculture opens direct sea route from Syria to Russia to market citrus crop abroad

DAMASCUS, (ST)- With the purpose of marketing the citrus fruits crop abroad, the Ministry of Agriculture has launched the Quality Accreditation Program and opened a direct sea route from Syria to Russia and to engage senior exporters in the marketing process.

Director of the ministry's Citrus Office, Eng. Suheil Hamdan told SANA that Syria's production of citrus fruits this year reached around a million tons, 230 tons are from Tartous and the rest are from Lattakia. This crop constitutes the basic source of income for 50,000 families, working in farming citrus trees, in addition to hundreds of thousands of people who work indirectly in the crop's harvesting, transporting and marketing.

He pointed out that the surplus of this production is estimated at half a million tons.

PM Khamis: Take advantage of the agricultural and industrial potentials to face the forced measures imposed on the Syrian people

On December 23,  Prime Minister Eng. Emad Khamis met with Members of the People's Assembly (Syrian Parliament) for the governorate of Sweida and discussed with them a number of issues related to improving the service and developments in the governorate.

The meeting tackled the importance of the integrative role between the members of parliament and governmental organizations to assess the economic, service, social and educational requirements of Sweida.

The MPs stressed the necessity of delivering heating oil to all the people of the governorate, improving the electricity supplies, compensating farmers for agricultural damages as a result of weather conditions and marketing the apple crop.

The Prime Minister said that the government continues to rely on itself and benefits from all natural, agricultural, artisan, and industrial potential to counter the unilateral coercive measures imposed on the Syrian people and to secure the requirements of the homeland.

 O. al-Mohammad 

CBS (Commercial Bank of Syria): A Package of banking products & new loans offered in 2019

The Syrian Commercial Bank took several measures in 2019 to develop the laws regulating the granting of loans and banking services in an attempt to employ the available currency in support of production projects and offer new banking products such as the personal and educational loans.

According to the statements of the Bank about its achievements in 2019, the Bank offers investment loans to fund new projects or renew and expand old projects such as the purchase of machines, equipment, vehicles and expanding the buildings of the projects.

Moreover, the statements clarified, that the Bank also gives loans to finance the replacement of production lines and the industrial projects which were devastated as a result of terrorist acts.

Syrian-Jordanian talks to facilitate the transport of goods, transit and export between the two countries

The Jordanian delegation discussed on Monday, with the Chambers of Industry and Commerce of  Damascus and its countryside, ways to overcome the obstacles facing the flow of goods and the movement of transport and transit between the two countries and work to facilitate the movement of intra-trade.

During the meeting in the Chamber of Industry of Damascus and its countryside, Chairman of the Chamber's Board of Directors, Samer Al-Dibs, underlined the need to overcome all obstacles that face the movement of goods crossing between the two countries, especially with regard to customs duties on the transit of trucks loaded with goods amounting to 10 percent, which negatively affect the commercial exchange between the two countries.

Al-Dibs pointed to the problem of the banned list of Syrian products which was laid down by the Jordanian Ministry of Economy and the need to address it, especially in light of unjust Western unilateral measures imposed on Syria.  Al-Dibs highlighted the importance of reaching solutions that satisfy both sides.

In Damascus Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Manar Al-Jallad, stressed the need to adhere to the major Arab free trade agreement governing trade exchange between Arab countries and facilitate the transit of Syrian goods. He also stressed that any agreement shouldn’t be cancelled before informing the Syrian side of it within a specific time to take appropriate measures for it.

For his part, Chairman of the Jordanian Customs and Transportation Companies, Dhaif Allah Abu Aaquleh, said that the visit aims to address the difficulties facing intra-trade between the two countries and the obstacles of the crossing trucks and transit and fees imposed on them. He also pointed to the importance of reactivating and raising the amount of exports.

For his part, Muhammad Khair Dawood Al-Zoubi, Chairman of the Jordanian Truck Association, stressed the necessity of reducing customs duties on trucks in order to increase exports between the two countries and enhance intra-trade, especially as these fees hinder the exchange of goods and raise their costs. He hoped that the parties concerned in both countries can find appropriate solutions.

Inas Abdulkareem