In May of 2017, the British Syrian Society hosted a conference at Damascus University to discuss day-to-day issues that reflect the suffering of the Syrian people as a result of the war. The first day of this conference explored many topics relating to the various ramifications and challenges faced in Syria including the topics of corruption and of battered public services. The second day of the conference examined the future prospects and opportunities which the country can harness once the war subsides.
The Society also held another conference in January of 2018 to discuss the government’s new National Administrative Reform Programme (NARP). The objective of this new Programme is to instigate fundamental reforms on the overall administrative work environment of governmental institutions in Syria. These reforms will be based on thorough methodical evaluation of current governmental performance to come up with a comprehensive roadmap outlining the required execution and evaluation techniques of the Programme.
H.E. the Prime Minister along with various government ministers and other public officials, parliamentarians, economists, academics and members of the British Syrian Society participated in the two conferences. The resulting deliberations have included detailed presentations and extensive Q&A sessions on various topics. A set of issues and concerns have featured repeatedly throughout these discussions. What follows is a summary of these issues and the corresponding recommendations: