AMMAN — The Jordanian-Syrian Economic Forum, organized by the Jordan Chamber of Commerce (JCC), in cooperation with Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce, resumed its activities in the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.
The forum, which is scheduled to conclude October 10, constitutes an important economic impetus to further strengthen trade relations between the two brotherly countries and launch a phase of commercial partnership to stronger levels to meet common aspirations.
Speaking at the event, Syrian Minister of Industry Ziad Sabbagh said the current global economic developments require the two countries to draw a road map and reconsider their common economic status, which would be reflected jointly by establishing industrial partnerships that achieve added value and high quality.
Syria, he added, is working today to rehabilitate its industrial sector, which was subject to systematic sabotage and destruction during the crisis that reflected in its contribution to Syria’s GDP.
Syria is seeking industrial partnerships with Jordan to help it rehabilitate its sectors and import raw materials, he noted, lauding the level of current bilateral relations.
He called on taking advantage of the comparative advantages available in the two countries, especially in labor, raw materials and industries , highlighting importance of launching complementary work and exchanging expertise.
For his part, Syrian Minister of Agriculture Mohammad Hassan Qatna pointed to Syria’s official interest in strengthening his country’s relations with Jordan in the economic fields, especially in the agricultural domain.
Qatna also referred to continuous coordination in this regard, which has led to new understandings related to the agricultural field and facilitating exchange of agricultural products between the two sides.
Syria, he noted, has a “strong” desire to benefit from the Jordanian poultry industry, adding that his country will harness its capabilities for the Jordanian private sector to establish joint investments and integrate technology into this sector.
The Syrian agricultural sector is able to compete in export markets and provide products according to the standard specifications countrywide, he pointed out.
Syria reached an understanding with Jordan regarding plant quarantine, he noted, calling on launching a single health certificate and veterinary quarantine system.