Report: Undeclared measures to boost the Syrian economy
Syria, Economics, 3/28/2000
The Jordanian weekly al-Hadath quoted well-informed sources as saying that more than 100 figures, the majority of them Syrian expatriates who are of rich traders and capital owners, will start convening an unofficial and undeclared conference in Damascus at the initiative of the new government of Syrian Prime Minsiter Muhammad Miro in order to draw the basis and new mechanism for the future of the country.
This step is considered the first in the road drawn by President Hafez al-Assad for his new government, which first of all will be concerned with introducing economic reforms to revive the Syrian economy.
The sources added that the new Syrian government has started and since its formation preparing studies to define problems and to set solutions for them before submitting it to the higher leadership for final touches.
The paper added that these studies will tackle sensitive points which used to be banned in the past, noting that these studies speak about the role played by the public sector and Syria's cultural and intellectual role, as well as the role played by the Baath Party, which has been governing the country since March 8, 1963, intellectually and politically, and even this party is carrying out its due role and what are the debated alternatives.
The studies will also deal with political questions, with the most important one: "Is the Syrian street ready to deal with this incident?"
The paper added that the sources remarked the mixing of the new blood with the old bloods in the government, a mixture which will, by the ultimate end. serves proceeding towards technological progress, as sensitive economic ministries are now run by graduates of western universities and have an attitude differs from that the country has been pursuing for 30 years.
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