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Protecting Agricultural Production Ensures Continuity

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Ahmad Qadri, underlined the need to develop and elevate agricultural sector through the development of new varieties of high-yield crops and disease-resistant in addition to introducing modern agricultural technologies, the need of application to this technology in the fields and improving the effectiveness of production. He also called for exerting efforts to reduce negatives that inflict the agricultural sector in all its aspects and the search for alternatives that will improve the agricultural production.

During a meeting with Agronomists' Association, Eng Qadri  stressed the importance of the role being played by the Association and the need to strengthen and deepen cooperation with them. He focused on achieving integration in the process of agricultural productivity in both plant and animal sides, through increasing attention to the development of agricultural resources and benefiting of experiences to promote this sector.

Eng. Qadri also explained that the ministry is counting on the role of Agronomists in supporting the agricultural production and helping the farmers to overcome the difficulties and obstacles facing their work and ensuring the food basket of the citizen, which is the basis of our steadfastness in this fierce war launched against Syria
Eng. Qadri noted the need to develop contingency plans and crises so that it can be implemented at the current time to maintain the continuity of agricultural work and cooperation with the relevant authorities to find common solutions to the problems facing workers in this sector
For her part, Head of  Agronomists' Association, eng. Rama Aziz, stressed the  need to involve agronomists in mapping out the five-year plan of the Ministry of Agriculture and various agricultural projects to be able to bring their expertise that would develop agricultural work and strive to look for other sources.

Eng. Aziz called to reconsider the possibility of activating the Supreme Agricultural Council to address and track issues related to the agricultural sector, irrigation and protecting forestry investing forests economically and environmentally.

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SIA, RPC sign MoU to Activate Bilateral Cooperation

DAMASCUS, (ST) -The Syrian Investment Authority (SIA) and the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to activate joint cooperation between the two bodies.

The MoU included an exchange of information, data, qualifying cadres capable of dealing with technologies and modern skills in various fields, achieve the state's development strategy through direct public and private investment according to a systematic plan to consolidate and develop the partnership between research and planning bodies and administrative authorities in Syria.
Director of the Syrian Investment Authority, eng.Hala Ghazal, confirmed importance of being the strategic partners in work and the results of this business should beintegrated concerning the investment map, which will help the investor to choose the right places for the implementation of his project, citing the former and successful experiences with the Regional Planning Commission.

For his part, Director of the General Commission for Regional Planning, Dr. Irfan Ali, talked about the reality of the investment process, which can be achieved without the support and incentives, adding that the memorandum of understanding aimed to formulate the basis of a joint venture between the two bodies to accomplish an electronic portal that frames core features that will be relied upon by the investor to give him spatial incentives, pointing out the need to guide the process of major investment for the various sectors at this stage in Syria.

The agreement helps to produce a map of contributing to the direct investment incentiveswith spatial mechanism associated with resources and components of development and to restructure the exemptions and investment incentives locally and regionally in a way that serves the balanced development in addition to the creation of a unified database for the possibility of an electronic link with it.

The Regional Planning Commission,according to the Memorandum of Understanding, to train qualified cadres of the two teams through training sessions in the areas of geographic information systems (GIS), while the Investment Authority will coordinate training workshops on the concepts of investment and promotion and laws governing investment in Syria.

The Memorandum of Understanding is considered as a general framework for cooperation between the two parties and a reference for all activities and events that will be agreed upon. The projectswill be implemented through the formation of joint working groups to identify needs to be implemented within the areas of cooperation agreed upon. The MoU is valid for 5 years to complete the joint and existing programs.


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Syria to Remain Arab’s No. 5 in Organic Farming: Agriculture Minister

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Ahmed Qadri, recently underlined the importance of encouraging work in spreading organic farming through legislative and legal frameworks, particularly with the adoption of agricultural systems in the world to achieve sustainability and integration in the field of agriculture.

 During his meeting with members of the Syrian National Committee for Organic Production,  the minister pointed out that traditional farming in the seventies and application of intensive agricultural systems have led to the deterioration of soil fertility, particularly the kind which depends on duplicated farming of the crop itself, indicating the urgent need to promote and encourage the application of organic farming because it keeps the soil and its fertility and provides a product of economic benefit.

"A large part of the national strategy for organic farming was carried out and Syria today is ranked the fifth in the Arab world in this farming, confirming the availability of objective and environmental conditions to develop this farming, as well as presence of a group of schools for farmers in the governorates that instruct farmers about consolidating the concept of organic farming and adopting such kind of farming," the Minister clarified.

He also called to raise a slogan, entitled "This organic farming is made in Syria", in the ministry and the various concerned bodies to upgrade this important economic product in cooperation with specialist scientists, pointing to the role being played by the ministry to accomplish projects of biological control, which is one of the components of organic farming through planting citrus in the coast and eastern regions in Deir Ezzour, where the area is estimated about 20 thousand hectares.

For his part, Director of the Organic Production Bureau at the ministry, Dr. Mazen Madani, reviewed the legal framework for the creation of the organic production Bureau and the objectives and strategies of the Bureau at the Ministry in accordance with the national strategy by monitoring, applying of organic production and licensing certificates, collecting of statistical information, promotion of organic products, facilitating the entry of organic production requirements and compatibility with the law of international laws for organic farming.

For his part, Director of Agricultural Policies, Dr. Osama Al-Sa'adi, explained the National Strategy for Organic farming, its concept, its objectives, realities, legal, and its legislative aspects and the projects proposed for implementation, noting to the positive points for this farming that ensures safety of the environment and natural balance, maintaining human health and organisms where this farming evolved during the last ten years.

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A Syrian Boycott Office of Certain Turkish Companies

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Deputy Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Dr. Abdul Salam Ali  said that the Ministry will establish special office provides for  boycotting  certain  Turkish companies contributed  to sabotaging the national economy .

In a press statement on Sunday, Ali explained that actions towards these companies include not allowing them to invest later in Syria nor to finalize either import or export deals with them.

In turn, President of the Federation of the Syrian Chambers of Industry Fares Shihabi said that founding the office came at the request of the Union, adding that the boycott includes companies supported  Erdogan's government election campaign or companies  violated Syrian laws and regulations.

He also underlined  the importance of boycotting  companies which smuggled  their  products illegally into the Syrian market.

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Open Dialogue takes into Account Public Interest to Support Economy

DAMASCUS, (ST) -. During a meeting held recently by professors of the Faculty of Economy at the University of Damascus, Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Dr. Mohammed ZaferMahbaq, underlined the importance of conducting an open dialogue and take into account the public interests to support the national economy in light of the circumstances surrounding Syria.

The minister pointed to the repercussions of the crisis and the cease of shipping to prevent bank transfers in addition to sanctions, saying that all of this was the result of the organic link with the countries of the European Union and the West.

“The drift towards the East is strategic in the long term to ease the Western intervention in the national economy, indicating the importance of this approach to reduce the pressure as it is associated with using local money instead of hard currency to get rid as much as possible from the constraints and obstacles that come from the link in foreign currencies and the economy of Western countries,” the minister pointed out.

He also stressed the importance of investment for the advancement of the homeland through encouraging local investors and finding ways to attract investment to because there is no economy or development without investment, pointing to the need to interact with professors and communicate with them about what benefit the Syrian economy and how to improve performance to achieve favorable conditions and improve productive energy.

 For his part, Dean of Faculty of Economy at the University of Damascus, Dr. Mustafa al -Kafri, pointed out to the need to deal with the exceptional situation which the country is going through, indicating that the work must be in two parallel directions to map out plans for the exceptional situation and plans for future matters with respect to production, consumption, and exchange rate and others.

Professors also debated procedures and mechanisms adopted by the government to reduce the degradation of the lira at present and high exchange rate and its impact on the purchasing power of citizens, emphasizing the ability of the academic staff to mobilize human resources to support the national economy and the importance of these meetings between academics to discuss such important topics.