Displaying items by tag: Syrian Economy

Features from the “Black Hole” of Corruption; Is 77% the proportion of Wasting Public Investment?

There is a striking phenomenon in the Syrian statistics in recent years, which is: a large increase in the proportion of GDP devoted for investment. That is, a larger part of the income produced annually goes to local investment, while a smaller proportion goes to consumption, whether private consumption that household consumption constitutes most of it, or public consumption spent by the government.

(Revolutionary) Solutions via Solar Power are New Illusions!

There are a lot of statements about generating solar power under the suffocating electricity crisis. However, not even 25% of the daily needs of Syrians in their homes is secured, while entire regions in the country nearly get no electricity! Amidst the escalating electricity deterioration, the repeated talk about solar power perhaps reflects other investment and narrow aspects.

Without Political Settlement; “No Economy” and “No Syria”.

The Syrian economic situation is controlled by politics with all its details and daily events, and it is shackled with high obstaces that can not be surpassed through half solutions but only through a comprehensive political settlement which reconstitutes the country, brings its parts together, and ends the dispersal of its people. All politically and economically active powers in the Syrian situation are clearly aware of this fact, whether those who want to invest in the reconstruction of Syria and its future or those who invest in its destruction today! Those powers of “investment’ are waiting until the nature and potential of upcoming partnerships - according to their perspective - appear. At this current phase, none of them is seriously seeking to take any step except to the extent that prevents a complete collapse and allows remaining at the edge of the abyss.

Bread and Energy; $3 Billion. Larger than the Remains of the State Apparatus.

Energy and Bread; there is perhaps nothing that intensifies the material and economic essentials of any social structure more than these two components. Bread is enough for survival, and energy is necessary for moving forward and for work. The abundance of these two components is the necessary and inadequate limit to guarantee economic, political, and social security. When the economic and political structure is “lenient” with bread and energy crises, then it is practically not looking for the essentials for survival or moving forward, and is indifferent about falling into the abyss.   

Which Type of Violence is the Most Dangerous in Syria Today?

Although ten years have passed, “violence” in its various forms is still the most prominent headline in describing what is happening against the Syrian people, though that violence has taken different forms during the past ten years, and it has been practiced by many sides. Violence has become one of the most important tools used and still being used by the various forces and sides to suppress the Syrian people and try to divide Syria geographically and humanly, and to reinforce and deepen that division with the aim of perpetuating and fixing it and thus deepening the crisis and striving to make it impossible to reach a comprehensive and implementable political solution.

As the forces, sides, and circumstances at all levels changed, the forms of violence also changed to ensure the ability of stakeholders to achieve their objectives and interests that contradict and go against the interests of the Syrian people.

Will the Syrian Pound Stabilize and will we witness Warlords in Business Halls Again?

The exchange rate and the levels of prices have been relatively stabilized for two months in a row. It is something worth monitoring in the situation of Syria, after the deteriorated pace of the Syrian pound has accelerated since the end of 2018, and reached its peak in the first three months of 2020 and of the current year. So, is this current stability permanent? And what do warlords have to do with it?

The Euphrates River Basin; Half of the Country’s Area between the (Confinement) of the River and Periodic Drought.

For the second consecutive year, Turkey reduces the water level of Euphrates river, in this time of the year, resulting in the amounts of water flow across the river reduced by 40% of what was agreed upon in the last understanding between Turkey and Syria. Confining water and reducing its level have become frequent, but their impact and effect vary from one year to another according to the level of rainfall abundance. The country is left without comprehensive water management for decades which is disproportionate with the rapid water deterioration of Syria.

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