DAMASCUS: The Syrian government has earmarked 50 billion Syrian pounds ($250m) for reconstruction next year in the war-torn country, a pro-regime daily yesterday quoted the prime minister as saying.
“The government has increased its budget spending for emergency aid and reconstruction for 2014 to 50 billion Syrian pounds,” Wael Al Halqi said in remarks published by Al Watan newspaper.
In 2013, the government budget for aid and reconstruction was 30 billion pounds, he said.
Halqi also called for an increased budget allocation for agriculture, Al Watan said.
“Food, energy and drug security are a priority,” he said.