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       

Supporting Crafts and Traditional Industries, a Necessity to Face Economic Challenges

The Sector of crafts and traditional industries plays a distinguished role in supporting the Syrian economy as it enjoys elements of success mainly the availability of markets and materials in addition to its steadfastness in the face of the economic crisis.

In its recent report under the title "Priorities of Economic Reform According to the Syrian Private Sector'', the Syrian Business Council (SBC) highlighted  the importance of the craft and the traditional industries in creating job opportunities in different  domains.

The Council called for supporting the crafts and traditional industries sector so as to face the current challenges and enhance the heritage and the cultural role of the Syrian tourism products.

Aiming at preserving the national traditional industries, the Council's report warned against displaying traditional industries products and souvenirs, imported from East Asia, in the Syrian archeological sites as well as heritage and crafts markets that are famous all over the world of displaying Syrian products such as the Damascene sword and mosaic pieces.

It demanded the transforming of the General Craftsmen Union into a supporting commission aiming at ensuring all necessary requirements to help craftsmen achieve more progress and at working out a strategy to develop the craft and traditional industries sector with the partnership of the ministries of culture, tourism, economy and foreign trade and local administration in addition to the General Craftsmen Union and civil society organizations.

Rawaa Ghanam