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Government, FAO discuss cooperation

DAMASCUS, (ST) – The Syrian government and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) discussed ways of enhancing cooperation during a meeting held between Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi and FAO representative in Damascus Abdulla Taher Bin Yehya, marking the end of Ben Yehya's mission in Damascus.

The two sides agreed on exchanging expertise in the areas of scientific and agricultural research, livestock and fish breeding and dray zones development. 

Al-Halqi praised Bin Yehya's keen efforts aiming at consolidating cooperation between the government and the organization, implementing many development projects in the country and providing humanitarian assistance, particularly within the ongoing crisis hitting Syria.

For his part, Bin Yehya commended the government's support for FAO's development activities in Syria, stressing that Syria has got rich natural and agricultural resources that have helped the country achieve self-sufficiency and food security to its people and export the surplus to foreign markets.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform Subhi al-Abdulla.

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Governmental delegation to visit Der Ezzour soon, says PM

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Prime Minister, Dr.Wael al-Halqi, underscored on Thursday the  importance of integration and cooperation in confronting conspiracy and challenges that are facing Syria.

In a meeting with MPs representing Der Ezzour province, the PM said: "Syria is able to achieve victory and restore stability and security thanks to its peoples' steadfastness and sacrifices."

Dr. al-Halqi called upon the MPs to communicate with people and provoke them to return their homes, noting the necessity of cooperation between government and people to protect public establishment to ensure people's basic needs.

SANA reported that the PM briefed the MPs on efforts being exerted by the government to rehabilitate infrastructures and services utilities damaged by armed terrorist groups and ensure people's basic needs as regards bread and oil derivatives.

The MPs presented demands for ensuring flour and agricultural sector's requirement, reconstructing homes and forming a committee to settle social problems.

These demands are being daily followed up by the government, according to the PM.

A governmental delegation is due to visit Der Ezzour province soon to inspect situation there, SANA reported.


Specialized Companies for Marketing Small Enterprises Products

Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Dr. Mohammad Zafar Mahbaq said that the government is considering small businesses as a cornerstone in the development of all regions of the Syrian countryside.

Giving that small businesses the more ability to be established in their locations within the regional planning, the more interest gained in maintaining manpower in the rural areas, and the more real development is  achieved at the level of human resources and at the level of the local economy itself, in the framework of the national economy, by providing all elements of the small enterprise that will do in its area without the need to return to the city centers to ensure the requirements of these projects.

In a statement to Al Thawra daily, the Minister said that Small enterprises can be considered as an important part of the rural development process in the framework of the comprehensive development process in Syria. Small enterprises can create a link between the Syrian citizens and their districts in which they live, especially that all services will be provided to him and up to the area where he sets up his small enterprise.

Mahbaq explained that all necessary needs for small enterprises of infrastructure will be located in rural areas including water systems, telephone, sanitation, electricity and access to bank branches to secure the necessary funding in its various stages, in addition to linking these projects with services marketing.

“Most of the owners of these projects do not have the necessary expertise to market their products, and hence the establishing of an industrial incubator will be under the care and supervision of marketing process serving all these products, taking into consideration, in future, the linking between  small and big enterprises,” the minister pointed out.

He noted that initial polls indicated that some companies can run between 20 to 30 workshops, so that a large enterprise could give up some of its own production and gives it to a small enterprise which is previously linked with the large enterprise. By this way the small enterprise will be in the benefit of the large enterprise.

Minister of Economy considered that it is not enough for anyone who has a university degree and competence to raise his small enterprise and ensures its success and achieve the positive desired results to establish a small project.  The small enterprise to achieve certain specifications that enable the enterprise of marketing its production to the local large companies through export routes, and thus the plans will achieve its goal in the success of small and independence enterprises.

In the long term, the Ministry of Economy has ensured that small businesses will turn this way after a certain period of years, and after passing certain stages in their work and expansion to large-scale enterprises, after turning to a big project has come out of the mantle of the large project, giving the field at the same time in front of smaller projects to enter the service to the benefit of the large enterprise.

Small businesses also enter in the service of large projects and by this way a layer local businessmen will be created enjoy science and knowledge and enjoy practical experience through the experience accumulated during their work to install their small projects, within the economic conditions of Syria, and to achieve rural development in actual cross-linking citizens to their land and their region after they have jobs and creative on the ground.



Cabinet approves proposal to form Syrian E-Payment Co.

DAMASCUS,(ST)-The cabinet approved Telecommunication Ministry's proposal to form the General Syrian E-Payment Company Commission.

According to SANA, the Wednesday's cabinet meeting focused on the current situation of power and national reconciliation.

It also discussed a bill for establishing the General National Archive Commission and asked Ministries of Culture, Telecommunication, and Justice to reformulate it to be reviewed in the next meeting.  

Another topic related to state workers was also reviewed.

In the meeting, Prime Minister, Dr.Wael a-Halqi, said citizens' suffering to ensure basic needs is to be gradually dispelled despite current circumstances.

He talked about efforts being exerted by the government to meet citizens' needs across Syria regarding bread, oil derivatives and power. 

Dr. al-Halqi also spoke of outcomes of the governmental delegation's visit to Aleppo and aid and funds offered during the visits to alleviate citizens' suffering in different sectors.


PA endorses 2013 state budget with SP1383 bln

DAMASCUS,(ST)_The People's Assembly has endorsed the 2013 state budget with a total of SP1383billion, recording an increase of 4% over the last year.

The endorsement comes aftercompleting discussion of the Budget and Accounts Committee's report on the bill of the state budget for the 2013 fiscal year.

During today's session, the MPs appealed for meeting citizens' basic needs, backing public sector, reconsidering financial system, and combatting corruption.

They underscored the necessity of the 2013 budget's contribution in improving GNP (Gross National Product) and income to notch up social welfare, according to SANA.

The MPs asserted that the budget's articles have to be able to limit unemployment, increase state workers' salary, improve education and health systems, and increase approbations of power and sewage sectors as well as municipalities.

Public sector helps enhance national economy to realize an independent national decision.

The budget has been approved in an exceptional circumstances and this requires cooperation between government and the PA to ensure citizens' basic requirements.

The MPs suggested forming a high-level strategic planning body in economic and financial fields to overcome obstacles that face means of ensuring citizens' basic needs.