Syria plans to make importing of grain, fuel easier
Syria has started to allow private firms to import fuel and plans to eliminate all tariffs on many basic commodities as it seeks to cope with shortages, soaring prices and public discontent in the midst of a civil war.


Senior trade officials and businessmen contacted by phone from Damascus said the moves to liberalize imports of basic goods were part of an economic plan prepared by a committee headed by Qadri Jamil, deputy prime minister for economic affairs, that was expected to win cabinet approval soon. (Reuters)