Official steel, cigarettes, plastics, vehicles and soy beans

Official
Name: Syrian Arab Republic

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Demographics
Population: 18,275,920( 74% Sunni, 13% Shia, 13% others)
Official
Languages: 
Arabic
Religions: 74%  Sunnism, 13%
Alawites, Ismailism, and Shiaism, 3% Druzism, 10% Christianity

Government

President: Bashar al-Assad
Prime
Minister: Imad Khamis
Type of
Government: Unitary republic with a
semi-presidential style of government
Legislature/Decision-Making
body:  People’s Council

Economics

Main
Contributors: Agriculture, Energy and mineral
resources, Mining, Oil and natural gas, Electrical generation, Industry and
manufacturing, Banking and finance
Less
Economically Developed Country
Major
Imports: fuels, sugar, grains, iron and
steel, cigarettes, plastics, vehicles and soy beans
Major
Exports: crude oil, refined
products, raw cotton, clothing, fruits, and cereal
grains. 
Main
Trading Partners: European Union, Iraq ,Saudi
Arabia, China, Turkey, Russia 

Infrastructure

Communications:
Television, radio and internet run by
government, mobile networks owned by operators like Syriatel and MTN
Transport: Private hire transport
(taxis, car), extensive network of railways in the country, well-developed
system of motorways
 
Sanitation:  70 percent of the Syrian population is without
regular access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation

Culture
Unique
Traits: traditional society with a
long cultural history, importance is placed on family, religion,
education and self-discipline and respect.
Unique
Foods: Hummus, Manoushi Bread,
Tabbouleh, Fattoush
Attitude
to the Arts: taste for the traditional arts which
is expressed in dances

Geography

Location: Southwestern Asia
Important
Neighbours: Arab League, Iran,
Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
Unique
Geography: Consists mostly of arid plateaus. Climate is
hot and very dry with mild winter

3
Relevant Points for Topic 1(Human Trafficking)
1)   
Syria is a
destination and transit country for women and children trafficked for
commercial sexual exploitation and
 forced labour.
2)   
In January 2008,
the Ministry of Interior co-sponsored with IOM a three-day conference
designed to raise awareness among parliamentarians and journalists on trafficking.

3)   
 Decree No. 3 of 2011 in Syria provides a
legal foundation for prosecuting trafficking offenses and protecting victims,
but it does not include a clear definition of human trafficking. This decree
prescribes a minimum punishment of seven years’ imprisonment.

 
 
 

3
Relevant Points for Topic 2 (Humanitarian Aid)
1)    There is a lack of coordination of humanitarian efforts
resulting in little or no aid at all in many towns and cities devastated by
war due to the different spheres of control in conflict with each other in
Syria.
2)    Fear of ISIS gaining control of vital resources has also
led to many countries setting up a material blockade against Syria,
exacerbating the humanitarian situation.
3)     In 2017, an
estimated 13.5 million people, including 6 million children, are in need of
humanitarian assistance. Of these 4.5 million people are in hard-to-reach
areas