Economy Minister: Participatory Law to Create a Quantum Leap in Investment Sector

Damascus, (ST) - Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade held yesterday a seminar on "Participatory Law No. 5 of 2016 and its executive   instructions on the available participatory contracts between public and private sectors, particularly in the field of infrastructure, services and workers' rights within the project which will be held according to the law and the need to re restructuring of some public sectors to be able to evolve in parallel with the private sector in the next participatory projects.

In a speech during the seminar held in the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Damascus, Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Dr. Adib Mayala affirmed the government's keenness on finding formulas for activation of work and stimulate economic activity, supporting projects, increase job opportunities and achieve greater efficiencies for the use of government capital through the activation of participatory between public and private sectors in accordance with specific legislative framework.

Syria, Russia to Promote Economic Cooperation

Damascus, (ST) -  Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, Dr. Abdullah al Gharbi and  Director of the Russian Suvo Karim company, Timorov Mohammed Mohammed Fetch discussed mechanisms to promote and develop the economic cooperation between the two countries and open new horizons for various economic cooperation.

The meeting focused on the latest acts that have been carried out by the Russian side in the area of  Tel Kalakh Mill which will be put into the service in the near future to produce six hundred tons per day of flour in addition to the potential for renovating and building many of other mills and silos by Suvo Karim Company and the transfer of the necessary equipment of production to the Syrian silos and mills.

Talks with Italian delegation to provide humanitarian and medical aid

DAMASCUS, (ST) – The Board of Directors of Damascus Chamber of Commerce discussed here yesterday with an Italian delegation means to provide humanitarian and medical aid to alleviate the suffering of the Syrians.

Chairman of Damascus Chamber of Commerce, Ghassan Qalla’ highlighted the developing relations between the two friendly countries in all sectors, mainly trade relations.

Members of the Chamber underlined the need to put an end to the unilateral economic sanctions imposed on the Syrian people and the ban on banking transactions and to facilitate the supply of products, goods and equipment for hospitals and associations working in the social, medical and humanitarian fields.

Ministry of Agriculture Discusses Visions and Future Plans to Improve Agricultural Sector

Damascus, (ST)- Participants in the meeting held recently by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform with the General Federation of Peasants (GFP) discussed the reality of the implementation of agricultural production plan for the winter season of 2016-2017 and the difficulties facing farmers in their work and proposed solutions as well as plant and animal agricultural production, forestry plan, land reclamation, the reality of livestock requirements and ways to help the peasants affected by drought and natural disasters.

Water Scarcity Needs “Urgent and Massive Response” in North Africa and Near East

Cairo - Access to water is a fundamental need for food security, human health and agriculture, and its looming scarcity in the North Africa and Middle East region is a huge challenge requiring an "urgent and massive response," FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said recently in Cairo.

 Accessible fresh water in the region has fallen by two-thirds in the past 40 years. It now amounts to 10 times less per capita availability than the worldwide average, underscoring the need for a significant overhaul of farming systems, he added.