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Government closely watches events in Aleppo, says PM

ALEPPO,(ST)_Prime Minister Dr.Wael al-Halqi, said the Syrian government is closely watching the events taking place in Aleppo province and obstacles that face its people as a result of the armed terrorist groups' acts.

The Premier, who visited on Monday Aleppo heading a ministerial delegation, told the economic, social, religious, and popular activists that the government is exerting every possible effort to ensure basic needs in the province as soon as possible.

He said the terrorist groups are targeting economic and development components across Syria, citizens' living conditions, and roads leading to Aleppo.

"Immediately after treating the problem of transport, fuel will be available in the province," said Dr. al-Halqi, noting that the amount, SP300 mln, has been allocated to buy aid, basic items and services' requirements.

SANA quoted the premier as saying: "In addition to the SP300mln, the government has allocated SP 140 mln to be added to the independent budget of Aleppo province plus SP400 mln to buy aid in the first half of 2013 ."

Further amount of the value SP6bln has been allocated by the government to get aid and food supplies (canned foods) available in Industry Ministry's stores.

"One aid cargo is scheduled to reach Aleppo via airplanes each week," said the PM, asserting that Syria has a surplus food supplies and incessantly imports its requirements as regards rice and wheat.

He clarified that the main problem in Aleppo is grinding wheat as this matter is complicated and requires ensuring oil derivatives through railways to feed power plants.

"Deliberately, the terrorist groups destroyed a number of grinders in Aleppo countryside causing shortage in flour," said Dr. al-Halqi, citing efforts being exerted to obviate the shortage through loading bread by airplanes to Aleppo.

He reassured Aleppo citizens that power outage problems will be solved with 24 hours, noting that power plantsare under repair.

As for exchange rate, the PM said: "Despite circumstances in the country, the exchange rate is stable due to good reserve of foreign currency."

On the other hand, SANA reported that the ministerial delegation briefed the activists on the actual situation in all sectors.    

It quoted Local Administration Minister, Omar Ghalawingi, as saying that restoring security and stability to all provinces in Syria and reconstructing infrastructure in affected areas as well as offering humanitarian aid to affected people are the ministry' priorities.

"The government has allocated SP30 bln in the 2013 budget to compensate affected citizens for damaged real estates," said Ghalawingi.

For his part, Electricity Minister, Imad Khamis, noted exceptional measures being adopter to re-operate  3 grids to feed Aleppo network to be in service within 24 hours.

"The ministry is cooperating with local community and civil society to re-run thermal plant to ensure electricity in Aleppo," said Khamis.

As for education, the ministers concerned asserted that the government has offered facilities to students at all stages to continue their study.

Regarding economic issues, Dr. Mohammad Zafer Mhabak, the Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, said: "Aleppo businessmen could get import certificate from other provinces, and we are going to increase the quantity of main imported items, especially rice, sugar and flour."

Concerning Industry, Adnan al-Sakhni, Industrial Minister, told the activists that the ministry has formed a committee to study needs to industrial cities to approve appropriate measures.

Moreover, Oil Minister stressed that oil derivatives are available to be sent to Aleppo, calling upon local community to cooperate with the ministry to guarantee the arrival of gas from gas station to thermal plant.

Labour and Social Affairs Minister noted the ministry's cooperation with the Higher Relief Committee and Aleppo governorate to ensure citizens' basic needs, adding that up SP250mln has been offered to 40 Charity Associations; 9 of them are in Aleppo.

State Minister for Red Crescent Affairs spoke about  efforts being exerted to offer humanitarian aid to affected people, while Health Minister asserted that good quantity of qualitative medicine was conveyed to Aleppo.

According to SANA, the activists called for backing Aleppo citizens' steadfastness in confronting the terrorist groups' savage aggression, eliminating the terrorists, and ensuring basic needs.

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New economic procedures adopted

DAMASCUS,(ST)_Prime Minister, Dr.Wael al-Halqi, chaired on Sunday the meeting of the committee recently formed to follow up the current economic situation caused by the western embargo and aggression that targets the Syrian people.

Dr. AdebMayaleh, Governor of the Central Bank of Syria (CBS) briefed the committee on the monetary and banking situation besides procedures taken by the CBS to preserve foreign currency and stability of exchange rate in the market.

SANA reported that the participants adopted several new economic and financial procedures to help enhance national economy and ensure local market's requirements as regards all products.

The premier expressed satisfaction over the new adopted measures, asserting the Syrian economy's capability to confront all challenges that are facing it.

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Liquidity of hard currency is more than excellent, says CBS Director


Director of the Commercial Bank of Syria Ahmad Dyab has assured that the bank liquidity of hard currency is more than excellent and within acceptable limits of Syrian pound, and he expects more than SP 8 billion as gains.

Profits declined by SP 5 billion this year compared to last year because of Industrialists and investors’ activities stopped, closure of some branches of the bank in some places, terrorist acts and theft, asserted Dyab.

Distribution of ATMs will be a priority next year especially in safe places, and the bank will continue finance and guarantees of traders and industrialists and will finance the non-commercial operations of people by giving 5000 Euro per person to work on the stability of the local currency. The bank management will also commence giving loans to low-income people, the director added.

The Commercial Bank has stopped financing imports Because of some banking standards, he concluded.


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Enhancing Economic, Commercial Cooperation between Syria and Iran stressed

DAMASCUS, (ST) – Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi stressed the deep-rooted friendly relations between Syria and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Al-Halqi's  remarks came during his meeting with Hassan Kazemi Qomi adviser to Vice President of Iran in Damascus on Saturday.

Premier al-Halqi stressed the importance of enhancing economic cooperation to the level of the distinguished political relations between Syria and Iran.

"Syria is facing armed terrorist groups backed by the USA and some Arab and regional countries, lauding the achievements of the Syrian army who is clearing the country from the terrorists and restoring security and stability to it,"al-Halqi stressed.

He also hailed the stances of Iran, expressing thanks to Tehran for the efforts exerted to explain the reality of the events in Syria and for holding a national dialogue conference with the aim of solving the crisis in Syria through dialogue and national reconciliation.

During the meeting,both sides discussed the bilateral relations and means to bolster them in all fields, especially in the fields of economy, commerce, power, petroleum, exchanging goods and adopting measures to facilitates the flow of goods to the two countries' markets.

For his part, Kazemi Qomi hailed the steadfastness of Syria in the face of terrorism.

"Syria's steadfastness  has foiled the US- Israeli strategy which aims at undermining Syria and the resistance as well," underscored Qomi,adding that Syria will defeat its enemies and overcome the current crisis.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister for Services Affairs, Minister of Local Administration Eng. Omar Ibrahim Ghalawanji, Minister of Finance Dr. Mohammad al-Jleilati, Secretary- General of the Prime Ministry Tayseer al-Zoubi, Tehran Ambassador in Syria and the accompanying delegation.


Market of clean products in Swieda

 Every Saturday the Syrian governorate of Sweida witnesses a number of important activities ,including  a special market for clean agricultural products .

Many farmers from all the governorate`s villages exhibit their clean products in the market which hosts the citizens for six hours .

Clean agricultural products are completely natural .The farmers depend only on rain water for irrigation. The products  never come under any kind of chemical fertilizers or hormones .

The veterinarian Dr.othman Hamza, who is participating in the event said that the products are with international standards in the field of natural agriculture ,reiterating that they are clean from insecticides .  They remain fresh and new for many days after harvest.

The market also contains stands for special products that depend on recycling  environmental waste and food`s remainder including fruits peels  and wheat spikes . These products  are clean and cheap due to the abundance of its raw materials .

Another pavilion in the market is also specialized for manual industry including clothes and accessories.

The event is organized by the engineer Rima al –Taqi  and a number of the governorates` specialists in the field of clean agricultural products.

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