National economy strong, balanced, Says al-Halqi

Damascus, (ST) – Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi dubbed the  national economy as  strong and balanced and could adapt  to the complications and developments of the crisis in Syria through a series of decisions and steps taken by the government in order to cope with the ongoing developments.

Addressing the People's Assembly on Wednesday, al-Halqi said that the Syrian Pound is currently under unprecedented attack launched by some Arab-linked media .

"By doing so, They (some Arab countries) are aiming at diverting  the  citizens and businessmen's destination away from the Syrian pound, "underscored al-Halqi.

"However, the government has taken several steps to boost citizens' confidence in commerce and the Syrian Pound and to unveil the nature of this media and economic war which is accompanied by spreading rumors, "added al-Halqi.

The Prime Minister made it  clear that the said  measures  strongly contributed in boosting the  citizens' confidence in the national economy and consequently foiled all attempts to undermine trust in the government's economic steps .

"the homeland and citizen's security is the government's top priority .Hence, Syria is firmly going forward as regards fighting terrorism backed by Arab, regional and international powers, "asserted al-Halqi.

He also hailed  the role of the Army and Armed Forces and security forces in combating terrorism and restoring security nationwide.

"the army and armed forces and the security forces  are the sole guarantee of the country's unity and safety, "concluded al-Halqi.


Syrian –Iraqi Banking Cooperation

(ST) - In support of the promotion of economic and trade relations with Iraq, the Governor of the Central Bank of Syria (CBS), Adib Mayaleh, addressed a letter to the government in which he explained the confirmation of the Islamic Cooperation Bank of Iraqi Investment request of the need to open a branch in the city of Damascus. 

 Because of the features expected to be achieved through the establishment of this section and of trade facilities and dealing with the issue of export of Syrian oil and providing necessary oil derivatives and thus the Governor of the Central Bank of Syria suggested setting up a branch of the bank in the form of a Syrian joint stock company under a special legislative decree.

Accordingly, the completion of the process of making the bank guarantees finding Syrian – Iraqi banking cooperation because it will become one of the private banks operating within the banking sector in Syria, so there is nothing to prevent the Islamic Cooperation Bank of Investment from work to find channels of cooperation with banks operating in Syria through correspondents in abroad and opening accounts in these banks, according to banking norms in force in this field. 

Sh. al -Khatib.

Syria 's Economic, finance Cooperation with India, Russia Highlighted

MOSCOW, (ST)  _Finance Minister Dr Ismail Ismail  discussed with his Russian counterpart Anton Saloanov financial cooperation relations between the two countries and the need to accomplish what was agreed upon regarding the Russian aid to the Syrian economy, particularly deposits and bank loans.

During a  meeting on the sidelines of the first day of the activities of the St. Petersburg Global Economic Forum, minister Ismail stressed the  need to strengthen bilateral financial and economic cooperation up  to the level of the distinguished political relations between the two countries.

During his meeting with  the Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma minister Ismail expressed thanks to the positions of India 's  government and people  and G-Brix  concerning events taking place in Syria, stressing the importance of supporting Syria by her friends to enhance the Syrian economy.


The minister pointed out that the Indian government can support the Syrian economy through providing  banking facilities and open accounts to facilitate trade between the two countries.

For his part, Minister Sharma said he would discuss the proposals with his country 's  government and the central bank.

Syria's Ambassador in Moscow Riad Haddad warned that certain sides in the West  are betting on the fall of Syria because of the economy and this is what should not be allowed by her friends.

In a statement to  reporters, minister Ismail described St. Petersburg World Economic forum  as "deep ,extensive and an opportunity for new ideas and concerns, which revolve in the minds of the international economic community on current economic  issues, during which  Russia 's growing role was highlighted , noting that discussions showed the importance of the application of the Basel banking standards and the role of capital markets in planning  investments.

Works of the 17th world economic forum  were held  in St. Petersburg Russian  in the presence of more than five thousand political figures, businessmen and experts, including 190 heads of major foreign companies and 428 heads of Russian companies.

In his speech at the forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for not to underestimating  the issue of supplying arms to Syria, stressing that "Russia exported arms to the legitimate government in Syria and in accordance with the agreements transparent In the framework of international laws and commitments.


T. Fateh

President Al-Assad Decrees on Increasing Salaries, Pensions

DAMASCUS, (ST) – President Bashar Al-Assad on Saturday issued decree No. 38 for 2013 on increasing monthly salaries of state civil and military employees.

According to the decree, a 40% increase is to be added to the first (SYP) 10.000 of the salary. 20% will be added to the second (SYP) 10.000 of the salary while 10% is to be added to the third (SYP) 10.000.

The decree also provides for adding a 5% increase to the amount which exceeded the third (SYP) 10.000 of the salary.

His Excellency, the president also issued legislative decree No. 39 for 2013 providing for increasing the pensions of the state's retired civil and military employees.

A 25% increase will be added to the first (SYP) 10.000 of the pension. 20% to the second (SYP) 10.000 and 10% to the sum which exceeds the second (SYP) 10.000 of the pension.

H. Mustafa

Developing Programs for Linking Protected Areas to Sustainable Development

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Ahmed Qadri, has assured the importance of coordination with international organizations and bodies concerned with the environment to ensure the preservation of life and natural biodiversity, pointing to the cooperation existing with the ministries and NGOs interested in wildlife to achieve sustainable development in all areas of environmental and on the entire territory of Syria.

 During a workshop on wildlife held recently, the minister pointed out the role of the network of multi-purpose nature reserves in protecting plant and animal species in all ecosystems and mapping out integrated programs and the work to connect these reserves to sustainable development to maintain and control natural environmental balanced operations and relations.


Mr.  Qadri clarified that paying more attention to rare and migratory species of birds and migration routes ensure the continuation of biodiversity and the survival of protected areas as genetic banks and the savior of fragile ecosystems or that are exposed to natural or artificial disasters.

 The Minister underlined that mapping out national policies for the protection of wildlife must be based on information and accurate studies on the current status of wild species and the risks and threats existing or expected to occur and the impact of development activities near the natural habitats of all species in addition to clear workable legislations based on environmental surveys, conducting census of wild animals and birds, the development of programs and the need to protect and preserve these species.


For his part, the representative of the World Council of Wild Birds, Regional Director of  Birds Project, Osama al –Nouri, said  that the Council supports all activities related to the environment in Syria despite the exceptional circumstances that Syria experienced now. The fateful link, he added,  between the environment and human imposes a redoubling of efforts to preserve the rare and endangered species and through the cooperation of all bodies concerned in wildlife conservation.

 Mr. al -Nouri said that Syria as a main gateway for the birds on the line migration from Asia –Europe to Africa and an incubator for a large number of birds impose high-level coordination with all concerned for the sustainability of biodiversity and species conservation and protection of wilds.


For his part, member of the Syrian Society for the Protection of Wildlife, Dr. Nazir Khalil, referred to the efforts being exerted by the Societyin the protection of wildlife and their natural habitat in cooperation with the national authorities, regional and international organizations for the implementation of sustainable development programs.

 Dr. Khalil confirmed the importance of the preparation of environmental reports relating to biodiversity of plant and animal, training and rehabilitation of cadres in the field of management of protected areas and eco-tourism.

  Sh. al -Khatib