Turkish Businessmen: Terrorist Groups Loot Syrian Factories, Smuggle Equipments to Turkey

ANKARA- Turkish Businessmen in the southeast of Turkey have stressed that terrorist groups' members disassemble the equipments and machines of Syrian factories which stopped working and smuggle the pieces to Turkey.

In a statement published by a Turkish website, the businessmen said that the equipments of 15 factories and small industrial facilities have so far been disassembled by the terrorists and smuggled to Turkey.

They pointed out that the stolen and smuggled equipments were reassembled to set up new factories. Other parts were sold in different Turkish cities including Istanbul.

The businessmen held members of the terrorist Jabhet al-Nusra as responsible for dismantling, stealing the equipments and machines of the factories and smuggling them to Turkey across the bordering crossings on which Jabhet al-Nusra takes control.

"Janhet al-Nousra steals the money and factories of the Syrian people, causing damage to Syria as a neighbor state," a Turkish businessman said.

Chief of the Turkish Shoes Companies Union (Ibrahim Bougor) affirmed that Syrian factories are being stolen with their equipments being smuggled to Turkey to set up new factories there.

He added: "Goods, including production equipments and machines are being smuggled from Syria to Turkey. The Turkish officials should find a solution to these illegal activities."

Last year, the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry sent two letters to President of the UN Security Council and the UN Chief saying that "about 1000 factories in Aleppo were exposed to stealing and smuggling to Turley under complete knowledge and facilitation by the Turkish government."

 The Ministry described this behavior as illegal and as an act of piracy which targets the Syrian people's living.

H. Mustafa

Putin urges to discuss energy security and stable economic growth

Leaders of G20 countries have finished the summit’s second working session, which was devoted to investments in stimulation of economic growth and new jobs.

Following an introduction by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, a discussion lasted for an hour and a half.

Vladimir Putin urged the G20 leaders to discuss energy security as one of the factors of stable economic growth.

Speaking at the 2nd plenary session on Friday, Putin said, "Traditionally the G20 summit focuses on energy issues, the situation on commodity markets, 'green growth' and the climate change."

"It is clear because the economic growth and peoples' living standards are directly linked to reliable energy sources and environmental security," Putin said.

Russia's president also expressed concern over unemployment in G20 countries.

"Despite all measures, the unemployment level in G20 countries is still higher than it was before the crisis," he said at the summit’s second working session.

"Though the situation varies, there are problems, and they are rather sharp, which are typical for most G20 countries." The president stressed "the youth unemployment remains high."

"Another growing problem is structural unemployment," Putin said. "The share of qualified specialists, who cannot find jobs, is growing rapidly."

"The growing informal forms of employment affect people and their families, their living standards and social protection, and for government they mean less tax and pension incomes, thus adding to budget limitations."

Putin suggested discussing the topics of investments in economic growth and new jobs offering.

"Protecting ourselves from a set-back crisis, assuring long-term stable economic development - can be done only through development, thus G20 countries and the entire world require new growth sources," Putin said.

Meanwhile, the Group of Twenty (G20) summit does not plan to adopt a special document on the situation in Syria, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. 

"No document on Syria is planned," the Kremlin official said, noting that a discussion on Syria "was not theoretically planned" on Friday afternoon. "The agenda is strict," Peskov explained.

He said that the summit participants on Thursday had supported the idea to discuss the situation around Syria.


Economy Minister: Finding Suitable Alternatives for Export Promotion

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Dr. Kheder Orfali, has underlined the need to search for suitable alternatives for encouraging export and its promotion in accordance with thoughtful and constructive foundations and achieving  added values to serve our economy whereas exports are the correct and natural gate to acquaint with Syrian products abroad.

During the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Development and Export Promotion, the minister pointed out  to the importance of exerting efforts and cooperation among all sectors in the light of the current situation taking place in Syria for the advancement of our national economy and strengthening both in terms of import or export, stressing that the doors of the ministry is open in front of everyone to solve any problem as soon as possible and overcome everything that hinders work.

He also stressed the need to establish and participate in exhibitions and not to stand handcuffed in this domain because of the difficulties and blockade imposed on us.
For his part, Director of the Board of Directors of the Development and Export Promotion, Ehab Ismandar, gave a presentation of the work of the Board during the previous period and the promotion plan for the next year and adding Syria Moda Exhibition to the plan exhibitions this year and preparing for the opening of a branch of the body in Lattakia and the Dubai Exhibition of Food Industries “Glf Food” in 2014 and the establishment of a joint bank between Syria and Iran.


Industry Ministry To Provide Facilities, Support to Industrialists

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Minister of Industry, Dr. Adnan Sukhni, called industrialists, who were forced by circumstances to leave the country to return and re- operate their facilities again to contribute to the industrial production cycle and meet the needs of the local market.

During the General Assembly meeting of the Damascus Chamber of Industry,  the Minister of Industry pointed out that the ministry will provide all facilities, support and assistance to industrialists for their business and production as well as in transporting the facilities of industrialists fully or partially to the safe areas and to provide the right conditions for business and industrial production.

He pointed out that the economic committee had agreed on several draft decrees on the schedule of loans and exemption from fines. He also clarified that several committees were formed  to deal with calling for industrialists to actively participate in economic decision-making  and cooperate with the ministry of industry and the government and the formation of the Council of Industrial Development under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister to approve the industrial policies and follow up the  industrialists' concerns.

"The government is considering the trade agreements signed with other countries that respond to the interests of the national economy and national industry," Dr. Sukhni said.

He stressed that there are Several measures have been adopted and others will be taken to deal with the issue of high exchange rate of the dollar and the industrialists have to take advantage of the features and facilities provided by the industrial cities.

He said that the war being waged against Syria is aimed at all the components of the country where the aggression focused mainly on economic fundamentals and industry as well as the investment climate.  

Dr Sukhni underlined  that the number of industrialists who transferred their facilities outside Syria is not great, explaining that the number of registered establishments until the end of last year reached 130 216 industrial establishments, while the number of applications submitted to the ministry for the transfer of their installations is 121.

For his part, Chairman of Damascus Chamber of Industry, Eng. Bassel Hamwi, pointed out to the damages suffered by industrialists during the crisis and losses resulting from acts of sabotage, theft and fire to their facilities.

He noted the cooperation of the Ministry of Industry and the government and its response to the many requests from industrialists and follow up the implementation of other requests, including what has been implemented and some are under implementation and follow-up.

Sharif al -Khatib

Oil Minister: Some SP 112 Billion Support of Petroleum Products

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, Eng. Suleiman al -Abbas said that the government had provided more than 112 billion Syrian Pound  in support of petroleum products during the first half of this year to meet the needs of the local market of these derivatives.

During a meeting to follow the implementation of productivity and investment plans of the bodies  affiliated to the ministry, Eng. al –Abbas clarified that the total sales of fuel for the first half of this year amounted to 133.031 billion pounds while the value of total purchases amounted to 245.162 billion pounds, including 97 billion pounds as foreign purchases.

The Minister pointed to the importance of accelerating the implementation of the rehabilitation plans of fields and damaged installations as a result of repeated terrorist attacks, which target the national economy through the destruction of infrastructure, explaining the need to prepare accurate lists that  include the needs of the ministry and its companies.

Eng. al –Abbas pointed out the importance of working on the development of the future vision of the oil and gas industry and mineral resources,  rationalization of expenditure, the reduction of waste and activation of internal control, stressing the need to work to ensure the continued supply of the domestic market with oil derivatives as diesel, petrol and gas.

The participants discussed plans for rehabilitation of facilities damaged affiliated to the General Establishment of Oil (GEO), the works carried out during the first half of the current year, whereas the total produced oil in Syria during this period 7.129.496. million barrels a rate of production of 39.389 thousand barrels per day and the total produced raw gas amounted to 3.032 billion cubic meters, 61.750 million cubic meters  per day.

The General Establishment of Geology (GEG) and Mineral Resources produced 67 208 tons of marble raw, 41 202 tons of crude plaster, 187 501 tons of volcanic tuff, while the total value of sales of the GEG of construction materials amounted to 226 million pounds.

The General Establishment of Phosphate and Mines (GEPM) produced during the first half of the current year 604 737 tons of phosphate in addition to 704 213 cubic meters of rubble, and the company's sales amounted to 646 275 tons of phosphate worth at 4.664 billion Syrian pounds.

The volume of raw materials refined in refineries of Homs and Banias affiliated to General Establishment for Refining amounted to 2.689 million tons as well as 69386 tons of natural gas in addition to the production of 669.2 million metric tons of derivatives and mineral oils  amounted to 9492 metric tons and sales value reached157, 448 billion Syrian Pounds.

Sharif al -Khatib