Plan to Establish National Company to Manage Tourist Establishments

In a meeting held recently with representatives of trade and vocational unions, Tourism Minister Hala Al-Nasser said that the ministry intends to establish a national company for managing the Tourism Ministry's establishments and hotels, which had been managed by foreign companies before, but needs national investors who are capable of covering the financial expenses of the project.

Al-Nasser indicated that the ministry received a number of bids by investors, but it hopes that its partner would hopefully be one of the aforementioned unions in order to contribute to best management and protection of the ministry's establishments.

She underscored the importance of bolstering cooperation between the ministry and the vocational unions in benefitting from the qualified national expertise and skills with the purpose of alleviate the impacts of the ongoing crisis on the tourism sector.

Al-Nasser expressed the ministry's keenness on employing local investments to enhance the tourism sector and on providing good tourism services, as possible as it can, under the extraordinary circumstances Syria has been facing.

She called for establishing new tourism establishments and projects on strong bases and revising the contracts signed with foreign companies.

For his part, Gheyath Al- Farah, Chief of the Tourist Projects Directorate at the Tourism Ministry reviewed some of the ministry's projects, which are ready for tourism investment in different Syrian provinces, and discussed their estimated value and implementation period.

Representatives of the trade and vocational unions highly appreciated cooperation between their unions and the Tourism Ministry to discuss the economic benefits of the submitted investment projects to reactivate the tourism sector.

Rawaa Ghanam 

Displaced citizens' needs 'available', says al-Halqi

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Prime Minister said on Monday that the current extraordinary stage in the country necessitates cooperation of all Syrian people.

Dr. Wael al-Halqi stressed that the government's top priority is to offer all forms of support to the citizens who forced to flee their homes due to the armed terrorist groups' acts, according to SANA.

The forms of support, as al-Halqi said, includes medical and food aid, not to mention shelters to all displaced citizens.

He restated availability of all items to meet displaced citizens' requirements.

In a meeting with Head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Organization, Dr. Abdul Rahman al-Attar, the premier noted importance of integrated role between the organization, the ministry and civil society to lend displaced citizens a helping hand.

Al-Halqi also cited the organization's positive and active role in offering all kinds of humanitarian aid.

Talking about outcomes of the political plan-committee's meetings, the PM said: "the outcomes are positive", expressing optimism for the future that would guarantee the restoration of security and stability across Syria besides tolerance among citizens to start the process of reconstruction.

The ministerial committee was recently formed to follow up the implementation of the political plan outlined by President Bashar Al-Assad to resolve the crisis in Syria.

For his part, Dr. al-Attar pointed out the government's strong support for the organization, stressing that the future plan is to provide displaced citizens inside Syria and abroad with all forms of medical and humanitarian services until they return their homes in the near future.

The meeting attended by State Minister of Syrian Arab Red Crescent Affairs also dealt with means of improving the organization's work.

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SIA to Reactivate Investment, Eliminate Obstacles Hindering it

 Aiming at eliminating the obstacles hindering investment activities, the Syrian Investment Agency (SIA) has asserted that this year will witness the constant following-up of the carried out investment projects in addition to those under implementation as well as the projects enlisted during last year.

In a statement to the press, Hala Ghazal, the SIA Director General said that last year the agency enlisted 45 investment projects to be implemented in different domains costing approximately (SYP) 37.6bln. She indicated that these projects were to be carried out in different governorates.

Ghazal pointed out that despite the exceptional circumstances Syria has been witnessing and the unjust sanctions imposed on a number of establishments and businessmen, 11 projects were carried out last year and 10 projects are under implementation.

She clarified that 26 industrial projects, 18 agricultural and transport projects, in addition to many projects covering other fields were enlisted for implementation in all the Syrian Governorates.

Ghazal clarified that only four Arab and foreign investment projects at approximately SYP 23.4bln were enlisted and were to be implemented by Turkish, Jordanian, Palestinian and Iraqi investors.

''Ten projects at a cost of SYP 85.8bln got licenses last year in order to be carried out in the industrial and agriculture sectors.11 projects at a total cost estimated at SYP 10.2bln obtained full and partial industrial records last year with the purpose of being implemented in the industrial and agriculture sectors'', Ghazal said.

Rawaa Ghanam

 

Mihbek refutes Egyptian media reports on Syrian businessmen's investments in Egypt

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Mohammad Zafer Mihbek has refuted Egyptian media reports on Syrian businessmen carrying out investments estimated at USD10 billions in Egypt, describing the reports as "absolutely incorrect".

In a statement to SANA on Saturday, Mihbek said exaggerating the value of investments comes within the framework of an Egyptian media campaign aiming at backing anti Syria attack led by the United States, the European Union and some Arab and regional countries in a desperate attempt by Syria's enemies to weaken the country's strong economy. This campaign also came to serve the deteriorating Egyptian economy.

The value of the Egyptian Pound has remarkably dropped and the USD purchase value upped to seven Pounds, which means that the Egyptian economy isn't attractive to investments neither by the Syrians and the non-Syrians.

The Minister stressed that the Syrian businessmen are loyal to their homeland and they keep contacting official parties and ask them about the possibility of their being able to return to the homeland as soon as possible.

"They keep stressing that their properties, real estates and facilities are still in Syria and they are ready to return home as soon as the crisis ends to reconstruct what the terrorists had destroyed.

 

H. Mustafa       

Mihbek refutes Egyptian media reports on Syrian businessmen's investments in Egypt

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Mohammad Zafer Mihbek has refuted Egyptian media reports on Syrian businessmen carrying out investments estimated at USD10 billions in Egypt, describing the reports as "absolutely incorrect".

In a statement to SANA on Saturday, Mihbek said exaggerating the value of investments comes within the framework of an Egyptian media campaign aiming at backing anti Syria attack led by the United States, the European Union and some Arab and regional countries in a desperate attempt by Syria's enemies to weaken the country's strong economy. This campaign also came to serve the deteriorating Egyptian economy.

The value of the Egyptian Pound has remarkably dropped and the USD purchase value upped to seven Pounds, which means that the Egyptian economy isn't attractive to investments neither by the Syrians and the non-Syrians.

The Minister stressed that the Syrian businessmen are loyal to their homeland and they keep contacting official parties and ask them about the possibility of their being able to return to the homeland as soon as possible.

"They keep stressing that their properties, real estates and facilities are still in Syria and they are ready to return home as soon as the crisis ends to reconstruct what the terrorists had destroyed.

 

H. Mustafa