President al-Assad issues decree on Cabinet reshuffle including five ministers

Damascus, SANA- President Bashar al-Assad issued decree no. (91) for the year 2023 on a Cabinet reshuffle that includes five ministers.

The decree stipulates for appointing Dr. Firas Hassan Qaddour as Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Mr. Mohsen Abdul Karim Ali as Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, Dr. Abdul Qader Jokhadar as Minister of Industry, Mr. Louai Emad El-Din al-Munajjid as Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, and Mr. Ahmed Bustaji as State Minister .

The decree also ends the appointment of Eng. Mohammad Fayez al-Barsha as Minister of State.

Dr. Firas Hassan Qaddour

  • Born in Damascus countryside in 1962.
  • Holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, specializing in machine building technology.
  • He has held the position of General Manager of the Syrian Oil Company to date.

He previously served as:

  • Chairman of the Board and General Manager of Al Furat Oil Company in 2015.
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Deir Ezzor Oil Company in 2008.
  • Director of Technical Support for the Euphrates Oil Company in 2004.
  • Assistant Director of Technical Affairs of the Syrian Oil Company in 2002.

Mohsen Abdul Karim Ali

  • Born in Kfardbil – Lattakia in 1968
  • Holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Damascus in 2004.
  •  He has held the position of General Manager of the General Corporation for Internal Trade for Metals and Building Materials (Omran) from 2014 to date.

He previously served as:

  • General Manager of the Consumer Corporation from 2007 to 2012.
  • Director of the Military Social Institution Branch in Banias, Tartous Province, from 1995 to 1999, and in Tartous, and Director of the Halbouni Branch, in Damascus, from 1999 to 2001.
  • Director of the Materials Directorate at Omran Corporation from 2005 to 2007.
  • Advisor to the Cabinet from 2012 to 2014.
  • Married with no children.

Dr. Abdul Qader Jokhadar

  • Born in Aleppo 1968.
  • Graduated from Aleppo University, Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
  • He holds a PhD in Intelligent Control Systems, University of Aberdeen, Royal College of Electronic Engineering, UK.
  • • Dean of the Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Aleppo 2019-2020.
  • Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering for Scientific Affairs, University of Aleppo 2015-2019.
  •  Head of the Mechatronics Engineering Department 2009-2013.
  • Married with three sons.

Louai Emad El-Din al-Munajjid

  • Advisor – to the Cabinet and the studies of the Economic Committee.
  • Expert at the evaluation team of the 10th five-year plan and the preparation of the 11th five-year plan.
  • Member of the Advisory Board at the Ministry of Transport and founder of the Public-Private Partnership Department.
  • Member of the Committee to Study the Partnership Law- Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
  • Member of the Public Industrial Sector Reorganization Law Committee.
  • Founding member of the Syrian Competitiveness Observatory
  • Member of the Subsidy Restructuring Committee for Oil Derivatives and Energy Carriers and their Impact on the Economic Sectors.
  • Team member of the Trade Facilitation Project across the Middle East (Lebanon – Jordan – Iraq – Syria).
  • Principal consultant contracted with a number of international and regional organizations.
  •  Advisor – the Cabinet Advisory Council.
  • Advisor – Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Advisor – National Union of Syrian Students.
  • Founder of the Syrian Exporters Union.
  • Adviser to the Federation of Charitable Societies in Damascus.
  • Married with three sons.

Ahmed Mohammad Bustaji

  • Born in Idleb City.
  • Member of the People’s Assembly
  • Graduated from the Faculty of Law-Damascus University.
  • He was appointed State Attorney at the Ministry of Justice for ten years
  • He worked as a lawyer at the Lawyers Union, Idleb branch, and a member of the Council of the Lawyers Union branch in Idleb.
  • Member of the Central Committee of the Unified Syrian Communist Party and member of its Political Bureau.
  • He was elected a member of the Idleb Governorate Council for more than one session, then a member of the People’s Assembly.
  • Married with three sons and a daughter.

Manar Salameh/ Ruaa al-Jazaeri

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