Higher Council for Planning approves funds for a number of projects

Damascus, SANA – The Higher Council for Economic and Social Planning approved on Tuesday adding extra funds for a number of projects due to changes and current conditions affecting the agriculture, industry, health, education, petroleum, mineral resources, media, and services sectors.

During a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imad Khamis, the Council decided to continue the government’s social support plan and focusing investment spending on agricultural and industrial production, as well as continuing to restore services in areas liberated from terrorism.

The Council also assessed the implantation of public sector projects for 2017, budgets related to economic projects, and the state general budget for the first half of 2018.

Premier Khamis stressed that the state will not abandon social support and subsidizing bread, electricity, water, health, and education, along with supporting productive sectors and the families of martyrs and wounded persons.

The Planning and International Cooperation Agency analyzed the performance of economic public sector establishments in 2017, during which the overall industrial exports amounted to SYP 3.38 billion against SYP 23.4 in imports, while the resources at the Industry Ministry’s establishments amounted to SYP 276 billion.

Hazem Sabbagh

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