Government’s strategy to upgrade services situation in Aleppo discussed

Aleppo, SANA- Members of the governmental delegation, currently visiting Aleppo, reviewed strategies and work programs of the concerned ministries and bodies to upgrade the services sector in Aleppo Province.

The discussions were during a meeting headed by Prime Minister, Imad Khamis, on Saturday evening.

Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Ahmad al-Qadiri, said that additional amounts of money were allocated for rehabilitating the agriculture sector, ensuring all requirements of agricultural production and providing services to farmers .

Health Minister, Nizar Yazigi, talked about the significant role of health sector in maintaining all needs of the city, clarifying that the Ministry provides vaccines to Aleppo and its countryside and to all Syrian areas.

Yazigi said that during the past period, a number of health centers were rehabilitated in the province, adding that five fully-equipped health centers will be opened by the end of March this year.

Touristic plan to make Aleppo as the most attractive destination were set, according to Tourism Minister, Bishr Yazigi, saying that a touristic service investment map for proposing new areas for investment in reconstruction stage was also outlined.

Local Administration and Environment Minister, Hussein Makhlouf, said that efforts will mainly focus this year on supporting investments in the city and rehabilitating the citizens’ service centers.

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Ali Ghanem ,said that his Ministry will concentrate this year on supplying the province with its needs of petroleum and eliminating all obstacles facing the just distribution of oil derivatives .

Minister of Electricity, Mohammad Zuhair Kharbotli, talked about the ministry’s strategy for finding new sources for feeding Aleppo with electricity across Aleppo thermal plant, asserting that a contract was signed with Iranian company of Mabna to import five power generation stations with a capacity of about 125 MW.

Finance Minister, Mamoun Hamdan, spoke about encouraging production in Aleppo, confirming that new legislations were issued to facilitate granting loans.

Water Resources Minister, Nabil al-Hassan, said that SYP 61 billion were spent on the projects in the province in 2017, adding that al-Babiri and al-Khafseh water pumps were rehabilitated and now they are working with full capacity.

Minister of Interior Trade and Consumer Protection, Abdullah al-Gharbi said that the situation of bakeries in Aleppo is stable, adding that a number of grain centers will be ready for 2018, one of which serves al-Sfireh and Jibrin areas.

Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Samer al-Khalil, said that the ministry works on rehabilitating the free zone which was sabotaged due to the terrorist attacks.

Minister of Industry, Mohamed Mazen Yousef ,said that providing all requirements of the public and private establishments in Aleppo had been started with reconsidering the situation of the companies to which security and stability were restored.

He said that an integrated plan was set to rehabilitate those companies based on the available capabilities and priorities.

Big numbers of industrial establishments started production in the industrial areas in Aleppo, Minister Yousef concluded.

H. Zain/ Ghossoun

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