Syria hold economic forum to address financial worries

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Syria held a national economic dialogue forum this past weekend to discuss the country’s financial situation.

The forum, held in a palace just outside Damascus, is part of a reform process to enhance dialogue on national issues and create some kind of blueprint for the country’s economic future.

A weakening currency combined with an ever deepening recession has put the national economy in real trouble recently.

The national government is now so low on funds that they have been left with no choice but to levy a special tax on state workers, a move which has not been well received.

The government have been forced to suspend the import of cars and the tourism industry, upon which the country is so reliant, has been on a rapid downward curve for some time.

“The economic situation in Syria is very serious indeed,” said Steven Heydemann, a Middle East analyst at the U.S institute of peace.

A planned EU ban on oil imports is also set to have a worsening affect on the economy, with Turkey also preparing sanctions of their own which could affect trade between the two nations significantly.

A potential lifeline from Iran has been suggested, but has not yet been forthcoming.

Heydemann said that there were “reports the Iranians have offered to provide (President Bashar al-Assad) with $6bn to tide him over, but no evidence they have delivered on their promise, at least not so far.”

Those who attended the forum, including Prime Minister Dr. Adel Safar, will hope that a sustainable set of solutions can be found for the critical financial questions which they currently face.

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