Budget and Accounts Committee at People’s Assembly discusses four ministries’ 2016 budgets

Damascus, SANA – The Budget and Accounts Committee at the People’s Assembly discussed on Saturday the 2016 budgets of the Interior, Electricity, Industry, and Foreign and Expatriates Ministries.

The Interior Ministry’s 2016 investment budget is set at SYP 8,575,500,000, while the Electricity Ministry’s budget is set at 30 billion, and the Industry Ministry’s budget is set at 7.356 billion.

The Electricity Ministry’s budget will be divided among energy research (110 million), power generation (7.54 billion), distribution (10 billion), and conduction (12.342 billion).

Meanwhile, the Industry Ministry’s budget will be divided among food industries (928 million), textiles (200 million), chemicals (3 billion), engineering (970 million), sugar (90 million), cement (492 million), cotton ginning (6.8 million), research centers (110 million), training centers (8.7 million), affiliated institutes (2.8 million), and the standards commission (5 million).

During the meetings, Interior Minister Mohammad al-Shaar reviewed the Ministry’s work for providing necessary data and paperwork for state establishments and citizens and preventing illicit use of citizens’ data and identity theft.

Meanwhile, Electricity Minister Imad Khamis reviewed the Ministry’s work to provide Syria’s power needs, asserting that the electricity infrastructure is at a state of high readiness in most areas, but lack of fuel and terrorist attacks stall work in some power plants, adding that there are several plans for providing power to Aleppo province.

In turn, Industry Minister Kamal Eddin Taameh addressed the Commtitee members’ queries, and asserted that the Ministry is committed to preserving and developing its industrial companies and establishments and accomplishing planned projects.

Hazem Sabbagh

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