Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce

  • About the Federation

    The Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce was established in Damascus in 1975 in order to coordinate and promote the interests of the fourteen chambers of its membership and it was formed with the following structure:

    First: The General Assembly

    It consists of all members of the Board of Directors of the Chambers of Commerce in Syria (212 members).

     

    Second: The Board of Directors consists of:

    1. Heads of Chambers of Commerce.
    2. Secretary of the Chambers of Commerce in Damascus and Aleppo.
    3. Two members of the Board of Directors of Damascus Chamber of Commerce.
    4. Member of the Board of Directors of Aleppo Chamber of Commerce.
    5. One board member from each of the following chambers:
    • Damascus Countryside
    • Homs
    • Hamah
    • Latakia
    1. Eight members appointed by the Minister of Economy and Trade representing the civil, joint and governmental sectors.

     

    Third: The Executive Office of the Union, consisting of:

    • Chairman of Damascus Chamber of Commerce as Chairman.
    • Chairman of Aleppo Chamber of Commerce as Vice President.
    • Chairman of Homs Chamber of Commerce as Vice President.
    • Secretary of the Damascus Chamber of Commerce as Secretary General of the Union.
    • Chairman of Damascus Countryside Chambers of Commerce as the Union’s treasurer.
    • Chairman of Hama Chamber of Commerce
    • Chairman of Latakia Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    • Seven members elected by the Board of Directors.

     

    Funding and expenditure:

    The Federation finances its activities from the following sources:

    • Annual member chambers’ contributions.
    • Banks’ interests
    • Fees for services provided by the Federation (certification embassies’ correspondents)
    • Investment returns
    • Different incomes

     

    Expenditures are distributed as follows:

    • Administrative expenses
    • Operating expenses
    • Financial and transfer expenses
    • Conferences and receptions
    • The burden of contributions in Arab and foreign federations
    • Investment expenses.

     

    Committees of the Union:

    • Union and Chambers Development Committee
    • Rehabilitation and Training Committee
    • Export Committee
    • Foreign Relations Committee
    • Finance and Customs Committee
    • Exhibition Committee
    • Committee on Land-Sea-Air Transport
    • Trade and Transport Facilitation Committee
    • Electronic Commerce and Communications Committee
    • Industry, Labor and Environment Committee
    • Central Committee for the investigation of resources in each governorate.

     

    Board of Directors

    Mohamed Ghassan Al-Qalaa: President of the Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce, President of Damascus Chamber of Commerce

    Mohammed Majdeddin al-Dabbagh: Vice President of the Federation, President of Aleppo Chamber of Commerce

    Abdul Nasser Al-Sheikh Fattouh: Vice President of the Federation, President of Homs Chamber of Commerce

    Mohamed Hamsho: Secretary General of the Federation, Secretary of Damascus Chamber of Commerce

    Osama Mustafa: Union Treasurer, President of Damascus Countryside Chamber of Commerce

    Dr. Kamal Al Assad: Member of the Union Office, President of Latakia Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    Hamza Kassab Bashi: Member of the Union Office, President of Hamah Chamber of Commerce

    Mazen Kenama: Member of the Federation Office, Chairman of Deir Al-Zour Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    M. Mofid Mashafj: Member of the Union Office, Chairman of the Quneitra Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    Faisal Seif: Member of the Union Office, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of as-Suwayda.

    M. Ammar Mohamed: Member of the Office of the Union, Director General of the General Organization for Product Distribution

    Ali Reda Turkmani: Member of the Office of the Union, Member of the Board of Directors of Aleppo Chamber of Commerce

    Nazret Yaqoubian: Member of the Union Office, Member of the Board of Directors of Damascus Chamber of Commerce

    Nidal Maksoud: Member of the Union Office, Director of Prices, Ministry of Internal Trade

    Wahib Merhi: Member of the Board of Directors of the Union, President of Tartus Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    Mohammed Khair Shekhmous: Member of the Board of Directors of the Federation, President of Al-Hasakah Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    M. Qasim Al-Masalama: Member of the Board of Directors of the Federation, Chairman of Daraa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    Mohammed Abdullah Shatat: Member of the Board of Directors of the Federation, President of Idleb Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    M. Randa Al-Ajili: Member of the Board of Directors of the Federation, Chairman of Raqqa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    Waseem Mezik: Member of the Board of Directors of the Federation, Secretary of Aleppo Chamber of Commerce

    Mohamed Abou El-Hoda El-Lahham: Member of the Board of Directors of the Union, Member of the Board of Directors of the Damascus Chamber of Commerce

    Anas Joud: Member of the Board of Directors of the Union

    Ayman Malandi: Member of the Board of Directors of the Federation, Member of the Board of Directors of Hamah Chamber of Commerce

    Firas as-Salloum: Member of the Board of Directors of the Union, Member of the Board of Directors of Homs Chamber of Commerce

    Ruba Elias Abboud: Member of the Board of Directors of the Union, Member of the Board of Directors of Damascus Countryside Chamber of Commerce

    Dr. Samer Al-Khalil: Member of the Board of Directors of the Union, Assistant to the Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade.

    Fawaz Al-Assaad: Member of the Board of Directors of the Union, Director of General Customs

    Dr. Tarif Al Akhras: Member of the Board of Directors of the Union, Chairman of Al-Akhras Group for Trade and Industry

    M. Hammam El Masouti: Member of the Board of Directors of the Union, Private Sector

    Haitham Abulkhair: Member of the Board of Directors of the Union

    Khaldoon Akrim: Member of the Board of Directors of the Union, Chairman of the Town Center Complex

    Mohamed Firas Jijakli: Director of the Federation

     

    Vision, Mission and Goals

    Since its foundation in 1975, the Federation has been supporting the activities of the Chambers of Commerce and Syrian companies and sponsoring their interests.

    The Syrian business environment is changing rapidly. Trade liberalization and expansion and reform of its legislation have brought many benefits, but it has also posed many major challenges. The Union is working to find solutions to these challenges and is promoting Syrian companies in the world. We have expanded our activities to deepen cooperation and trade ties between Syria and the global economy, so that the Union is at an advanced position in this regard. We are also deeply involved in the discussion of reform and the formulation of new policies in order to take care of the interests of the Syrian private sector and provide them with the right tools to work in a modern business environment.

      

    Activities and Services

    • The Union is the supervisory authority of the 14 Chambers of Commerce in Syria. It represents the interests and needs of these chambers and their members. The Federation officials discuss trade issues with the Government and contribute to the formulation of policies so that chambers of commerce have a role in drafting vital reform legislation which are present in various ministries and are assisting in the drafting and application of new bills.
    • The Federation represents the interests of the Syrian Chambers of Commerce in front of companies and visiting delegations and represents them in the visits of its officials abroad in order to increase trade exchange between Syria and other countries. The Federation also names the members who will represent them on the boards of the Joint Arab Foreign Chambers of Commerce.
    • The Federation provides Certificates of Origin to Syrian exporters through the Chambers of Commerce whereas the companies that export the Chambers of Commerce are provided with details of their products. After verification, these Chambers issue certificates confirming the origin and quantities of the products. The Federation also certifies the certificates of origin for goods imported to Syria from all the countries of the world, on the other hand, the Union is working to facilitate the movement of Syrian businessmen abroad, by receiving visa applications for travel, and send them to Arab and foreign embassies operating in Syria.
    • Work on the development of skills within the Syrian business sector. In this context, the Union has provided great support for the establishment and promotion of training centers in the Chambers of Commerce in order to harmonize the outcomes of the educational process (scientific and technical) Work on the other hand, and therefore try to link training to the labor market to ensure that the business sector to the employment that helps to raise the level of productivity and competitiveness, and these centers organize several training courses according to the needs of the business sector.
    • The Federation, in cooperation with the Syrian Chambers of Commerce, provides information to Syrian companies on foreign markets and international companies. It also provides information on the local market of foreign companies interested in investing in Syria.
    • The Federation organizes and participates in local, Arab and international exhibitions and conferences in order to promote the Syrian business sector and to introduce the investment climate in Syria.

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