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Citizens, government cooperate to 'justly' distribute items

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs says popular support is essential to solve the problems of distributing basic needs among citizens.

In a meeting with citizens from "ReknEddin" suburb, Dr.Qadri Jamil said people's cooperation with government could help solve the problem of distributing gas and fuel as laws and legislations are no longer enough to notch up this goal.

He stressed that 70% of the bread matter was solved.

According to SANA, the meeting held on Sunday revolved around measures being adopted to guarantee ensuring the said items to the suburb's citizens at prices identified by the government.

Young men from "RoknEddin" are due to receive specific quantity from the items to be justly distributed among the citizens there. The suburb is divided into three sectors in order to ease the adopted process.

Initially, 100 gas cylinders and 4000 litters of fuel are to be delivered daily to the young men to distribute them among citizens of the suburb. 

Dr. Jamil sees it is necessary to draw up measures that would help combating monopolization and smuggling of basic items.


Electricity sector faces big challenges

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Syria is keen on taking necessary procedures to solve the problem of power outage within the extraordinary circumstances which Syria is going through, Electricity Minister said on Saturday.

Eng. Imad Khamis told workers at National Control Center: "electricity sector is facing big challenges because of resources shortage, unfair economic sanctions on the Syrian people that caused lack in fuel needed to operate power plants."

He appealed for removing obstacles that face mechanism of work, benefitting from available resources, and distributing quantity of power justly among all provinces.

Over last months, the armed terrorist groups attacked power plants.

The minister underlined that the attacks come within the framework of the aggression against Syria to destroy infrastructures and national economy. 


IFAD Finances 8 Agricultural Projects

DAMASCUS (ST)- The agricultural development projects carried out by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in many countries  have become as an example to be followed of successful cooperation and as a factor of stability economically and socially in the rural areas.

 A workshop was opened recently here on the issues of  implementing the projects of IFAD.  Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Dr. Nabi Rasheed Mohammed, delivered a speech in the presence of a number of managers at the ministry and representatives of Arab and international organizations.
 The minister stressed the importance of cooperation between Syria and the Fund, which reached high levels through the implementation of several successful projects, particularly the Rural Development Project in the north east, the Rural Development Project in Idleb and Development of  Livestock Project and the Shamiya  Rose which helped turn the land to a productive area  and their population can ensure, to farmers, sources to live a decent life, in addition to the rehabilitation of a significant number of qualified personnel in administrative, financial and technical operations  to reclaim land.

He also praised the role being played by this generous institution to achieve better levels of agricultural and social development and the fight against poverty and hunger suffered by millions of the world's population.
For his part, Representative of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Nabil Mahayni, talked on innovations that began in IFAD projects with the Agricultural Development Project in the southern region;  stressing that the most  important innovation is that which we expect to enter the Rural Development Project in the north-eastern region and the integrated development of the livestock in dry areas where there are no rivers or swamps.

Director of Planning and International Cooperation, Dr. Haitham al-Ashqar, clarified the importance of this workshop, which discussed the most important issues concerning the implementation of projects financed by the Fund in an attempt to overcome the obstacles and make sure the proper functioning of its implementation.

Through the 25 years of cooperation with the Fund, 8 projects has been funded, most recently its contribution to the financing of Livestock Development Project, and provided more than $ 140 million soft loans contributed to the advancement of the agricultural sector, Dr. al Ashqar pointing out.

The two- day workshop,  discussed the Rural Development Project in Idleb, the Rural Development Project in the north-eastern region,  the integrated development project of livestock ,  the Shamiya Rose and the prospects for development in the projects of IFAD.


Syrian, Iranian, Iraqi Oil ministers to Meet on Implementing Joint Gas Project

TEHRAN,(ST)_  Iranian Oil Minister Rostom Qasemi disclosed on Wednesday  that a trilateral meeting for oil ministers in Syria, Iran and Iraq will be held in the first half of this month in Baghdad to follow up the implementation of the  gas pipeline project with a total capacity of 80 million cubic meters per day. He explained that the project  will be carried out within Iran to the Iraqi-Syrian border and linked to the  Syrian gas network, adding that national concerned companies in the three countries will carry out the project.
During his meeting with Syria 's ambassador in Tehran, Dr. Adnan Mahmoud, Minister al-Qasimi stressed that  his country will spare no efforts t in supporting Syria and ensuring elements of her steadfastness in the face of war, hatched by the US,  and some western and regional countries to undermine her national stances in supporting resistance .
"We are confident that enemy schemes  in the region and the world behind  supporting terrorism and  fighting the Syrian people to maintain their basic living needs will doom to failure."
For his part, Ambassador Mahmoud pointed to the strategic  importance of completing the Iranian gas transferring project to Iraq and Syria because in the light of current challenges in the region,  and to  meet the needs of the three countries and serve their common economic interests.
Worthy mentioning that the project of transferring Iranian gas to Iraq and Syria will provide Syria with  20 million cubic meters of gas per day.

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PM: Unfair Sanctions Worsened Syrians' Life, Government Keen to Meet Citizens' Needs

DAMASCUS, (ST) - The West unjust economic sanctions on Syria have blocked export-import operations and negatively affected the Syrian people's life, Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi underscored.

Al-Halqi, who was speaking at the 17th ordinary session of the people's Assembly's first Legislative Term, reiterated the government's keen efforts to meet citizens' needs and implement the plans set to alleviate their suffering caused by the siege.

"The Armed terrorist groups' attacks on production and services institutions caused great damage to national economy and to the every day life of the Syrians," the PM said.

He pointed out that, from the very beginning, the Syrian oil sector has been the target of unfair sanctions and terrorist attacks which hindered production and importation and caused a crisis as regards ensuring diesel oil and gas.

"A few days earlier, some national oil supply stations resumed operations. This will meet people's needs for diesel oil to a good extent," the Premier said, pointing out that there will hopefully be sufficient quantities of this material soon.


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