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Syrian- Venezuelan Economic Relations Boosted

DAMASCUS,(ST)_  Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade , Dr. Khader Orfali discussed with the Venezuelan ambassador in Damascus Imad Saab, yesterday  ways of activating economic ,trade  and investment relations between Syria and Venezuela and to continue the implementation of agreements signed between the two countries as well as to  give a new impetus for bilateral cooperation with a view to boost growth of these relations and overcome difficulties resulted from  the current crisis .

Orfali  noted, the efforts and attitudes of Venezuela and friendly countries in standing with  Syria under the  current crisis , stressing that the national economy , thanks to Syria 's  steadfastness  is challenging  the unjust  global war against it  .

For his part, Ambassador Saab noted the  remarkable development of relations between Syria and Venezuela in all economic , trade and investment  fields, reiterating his country's stand  with Syria in the face of the  unjust war , and the subsequent unjust economic blockade on the Syrian people .

The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade , Dr. Hayan Salman and director of the  Ministry 's Arab and international relations Mohammed Canaan.


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ACSAD: Work on Sustainable Agricultural Rise in Arab Countries

KUWAITT, (ST)- The Director-General of the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD),  Dr. Rafiq Ali Saleh, discussed with the Director of the Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources in Kuwait ways to develop cooperation between the two sides in the field of agriculture and livestock production.

During the meeting held recently in Kuwait, the Director of ACSAD  referred to the keenness of the Center to promote scientific and technical cooperation with the Authority to achieve optimum utilization of modern technologies and the application of sound management of natural resources and the development of efficient cadres in Kuwait to serve sustainable agricultural development.

Dr. Saleh expressed the Centre's willingness to provide all that would contribute to the achievement of sustainable agricultural rise in Kuwait in particular and the Arab countries in general, noting the support provided by the State of Kuwait to the center.

For his part, the Director of the Authority, Engineer Jassim Mohammed Habib Al-Badr,noted the important role played by ACSAD to achieve sustainable Arab agricultural development and improving scientific and applied performance in recent years in all fields.

The two sides agreed to expand the activities of ACSAD in Kuwait, according to results of the workshop convened by the center, in cooperation with the German Agency for Technical andInternational Cooperation to display the scientific outstanding expertise accumulated by ACSAD in various agricultural fields that can contribute to the development of agriculture and livestock production and preservation of the environment in Kuwait.

The aim of this workshop is to enable decision makers and experts in Kuwait to see the experiences of the Arab Center "ACSAD" in the areas of early warning of drought and desertification control and management of irrigated agricultural enterprises by using modern technologies in irrigation and rangeland management, rehabilitation and development, and the development of the productivity of small ruminants.

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Agricultural Production Plan Discussed

(ST)- Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform has recently approved three new determinatives, the first is to conduct a review and modify (if necessary) twice during the agricultural seasons, the second is to insert organic farming
for the first time in an area estimated at 33,000 hectares distributed at the country level, and the third is to emphasize on preservative agriculture for the second season (25 thousand hectares in Hasakah governorate and 1,300 hectares in Hama governorate).

The special meeting to discuss the agricultural productivity plan for the next season which was chaired by the Minister of Agriculture, Ahmed Qadri, and attended by Minister of Water Resources, Dr. Bassam Hanna, Chairman of the General Federation of Peasants, Head of the Federation of Chambers of Agriculture, General Manager of Agricultural Cooperative Bank, Ministries of Industry and Internal trade and Consumer Protection.

During the meeting, the conferees stressed onsupporting agricultural sector  to enhance its competitiveness and contribute to its development, ensuring food security, the integration of the agricultural sector with other sectors, the emphasis on the application of the laws that protect the natural resources of agricultural including land, water, the desert and forestry, the re-introduction of incentives in productive projects in order to achieve raise work efficiency, identifying economic priorities for producingagriculturalcrops and ensuring production requirements through the public and private sector in the quantities and the appropriate times.

They also underlined the need of searching for alternatives of high economicrevenues, developing scientific agricultural research extension, education, rehabilitation and resettlement of modern technologies, increasing the investmentsof private sector in irrigation sector and accelerating the implementation of irrigation projects, encouraging the establishment of marketing companies and institutions in all sectors to increase marketing opportunities, and the trend towards economic agriculture and developing programs for economic alternatives, focusing on servicesthat support the production and promotion of agricultural research to do the necessary researches , and the need to pay more attention to livestock production and achieving  greater importance and integration in vegetable production.

Returning to the draft of agricultural productivityplan (which will be submitted to the Cabinet), figures of the Ministry of Agriculturehave indicatedthat the plan for the wheat crop during the season (2013/ 2014) reached 4,000,809 tons, 1,000,622 tons of barley, 1,000,307 tons of sugar beet, 772 324 tons of cotton, 34204 tons of tobacco, increasing the area of the potato crop to meet the needs of growing population, 1,000,185 tons of olive, 430,000 tons of vine, 400,000 tons of apples, 78,000 tons of pistachios, 33,000 tons of pears, 1,000,268 tons of citrus, 595,000 tons oftomatoes, and 54,000 tons of cucumber.


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Syria Participates in UNIDO Meeting

DAMASCUS, (ST)-With the participation of Syria, the regular session of the 15th General Conference of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, (UNIDO) began in Lima, capital of Peru.

The Industry Minister, Kamal Eddine Tomah, head of the Syrian delegation talked to the conference about the effects of sanctions and the unjust economic embargo imposed by some regional powers on the Syrian economy, especially the industrial sector, which led to the complexity of the conditions of growth and development of the Syrian industry and the caseation of many industrial plants and the loss of thousands of workers their jobs, which reflected negatively on the performance and results of economic and industrial policies implemented by the Syrian government in order to modernize and develop their industries and enhance their competitiveness as well as collaboration with UNIDO and other UN organizations.

The conference discussed a number of issues related to the rate of work of the organization and activities of the current and medium-term program framework and document the findings of the informal working group on the future of UNIDO, including programs and resources, strategic guidance document entitled.

It also examined the UNIDO's activities in the field of energy, environment and business-related agricultural and trade capacity-building and the creation of employment opportunities and the Declaration and Plan of Action Vienna ministerial for the least developed countries in cooperation with middle-income countries as well as the election of the members of the organization's office and members of the Industrial Development Board and the PBC.

On the sidelines of the forum, a meeting is scheduled to be held on the industrial development issues in countries across the world. During this meeting, the participants will discuss the issue of reconciliation and harmony between the three-dimensional of the sustainable environmental, economic, social and industrial development and ways to cope with negative environmental consequences of manufacturing because of rapid population growth and the associated increase in global demand for resources and products.


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Expo 2020 to transform Dubai’s economic landscape

Dubai: Dubai is the first city in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region to host the World Expo, the highly celebrated international exhibition, the third largest global non-commercial event, following the Olympic Games and the Fifa World Cup.

In the near term the Expo win is widely expected to boost sentiment and confidence of the UAE’s economy. In the medium term, Dubai and the UAE would benefit from an estimated $6.9 billion (Dh25.3 billion) earmarked for infrastructure projects around the event. The centrepiece of development is a 438-hectare site at the southwestern end of Dubai next to the Dubai Word Central close to Jebel Ali port. Dubai’s construction market would benefit from the influx of new activity, but other sectors including travel, tourism and retail would also benefit.

Expos are widely expected to work as economic catalysts as they generate economic benefits for the host country in the form of increased tourism, job opportunities, and hospitality revenues. They also provide financial benefits, both during the run up to the event and after, in terms of large construction activity, and investments from outside the country, among others.

According to a report from alternate investment firm Al Masah Capital, Expos have aided physical redevelopment of host nations and cities. Expo Montreal 1967, for instance, led to the construction of structures such as the Décarie Autoroute and the Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine Bridge and tunnel, which were essential to Montreal’s subsequent growth.

The 1988 Expo in Brisbane, Australia, witnessed the laying of nearly 2,000 kilometres of telecommunications wire. Expos have been useful for branding of the host country/city. For instance, the Eiffel Tower, one of the most recognisable structures in the world, was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World Expo in Paris, France.

 Expectations are high in UAE too. Business leaders and senior executives from across various industry segments expressed their confidence in Expo 2020 transforming the economic landscape of UAE while bringing about far reaching economic prosperity.