The workshop, which was held today under the title “Evaluating the Strategy for Giving the Private Sector a Leading Role in Implementing the Import Substitution Program,” focused on post-war Syrian industry trends in the public and private sectors, and the implications of the Import Substitution Program that the government launched in 2019.

The Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Dr. Muhammad Samer Al-Khalil, pointed out during the workshop, which was organized in cooperation between the Ministry and the Mashhadani International Exhibition and Conference Group, that the private sector has expanded and met local needs in several industries, such as food and textiles, and has moved to advanced stages of export and has a presence in global markets. .

Minister Al-Khalil explained that the primary goal of the program to support the substitution of import substitutes is to reduce the volume of imports, preserve foreign exchange for employment in the most important factories, stimulate local sectors related to industry or agriculture, employ local labor, and invest local resources, within standards and considerations to achieve the highest Possible added value, encouraging emerging industries and providing incentives to them to increase their ability to compete.

Assistant Minister of Economy, Rania Ahmed, indicated that the goal of the workshop is to evaluate the strategy of giving the private sector a leading role in the import substitution program, indicating that the program targeted 80 percent of the materials that are imported in general, while there are 71 materials and sectors available for investment by any investor or producer who wishes to invest in them. Benefit from the program.

Assistant Minister of Industry, Ayman Khoury, pointed out the necessity of defining the future vision of the national economy, the programs that we can benefit from in this field, and the necessary plans to stimulate the private sector to play its role in localizing industries.

Member of the Federation of Chambers of Industry and head of the chemical sector at the Damascus and Rural Chamber of Industry, Hossam Abdeen, pointed out the necessity of seeking, through the Ministry of Economy, to secure local raw materials for the industrial facilities included in the program, by signing agreements with those who pay for them in Syrian pounds instead of importing them from abroad.

Muhammad Al-Hallaq, a member of the Board of Directors of the Damascus Chamber of Commerce, stressed the importance of concerted efforts by everyone to reach outputs that enhance added value, achieve a preferential advantage for products that are exportable, bring foreign exchange to the country, increase labor efficiency, reduce unemployment, and provide goods at the cheapest prices to the consumer.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Office of the Arab Union for Productive Families, Crafts and Traditional Industries, Muhammad Al-Boushi, pointed out the importance of signing agreements with the Ministry of Education and others to train workers through the industrial apprenticeship program, or creating specializations or training programs in the field of leather industries to secure qualified workers.

Director of the Damascus Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Amer Kharbutli, who ran the workshop, explained that imported substitutes cannot be exported unless they are franchised, and this is what business owners must work on to obtain a franchise for their products.

Investor Muhammad Orabi, residing in the Sultanate of Oman, expressed his readiness to expand the markets of Syrian industry, by involving Syrian industrialists and merchants in the first Syrian mall he founded in the Sultanate, which includes one hundred Syrian companies to be the nucleus for launching Syrian products towards the international level.

For his part, General Manager of Mashhadani International Group, Khalaf Mashhadani, stressed the importance of reaching a clear vision of the role that the private sector can play in achieving the highest added value from raw materials, manufacturing them as alternatives to imports, and establishing the Syrian industry in the post-war stage.

Ahmed Souliman

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