The Syrian cabinet has approved a five-year plan that outlines the government’s priorities for social development in the country. The plan, which will be implemented from 2011 to 2015, focuses on increasing investments in activities that promote human development, improving support for the country’s health and education sectors, improving livelihood, creating more jobs, reducing poverty, empowering women, improving the country’s social protection network, and boosting social justice. It also includes measures to support and increase the productivity of Syria’s agricultural sector, the Syria Arab News Agency reports.

    Meanwhile, Syria and Italy have agreed to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in the areas of tourism, trade and business investment. Officials of the two countries met recently in Damascus to discuss how Syria and Italy can increase trade balance and overcome related obstacles toward a partnership of their business sectors.

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