Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi on Wednesday stressed the need for the government, unions, syndicates, and civil and vocational organizations to unite their efforts to provide citizens' needs and rebuild Syria.
Attending the annual meeting of the General Union for Cooperative Housing, Halqi underlined the important role the union will play during the reconstruction stage, noting that the housing sector is one sector most affected by terrorism, which requires combined efforts to return displaced and affected people to their areas and provide them with proper housing.
He said provision of housing is one of the priorities of the government, which is considering all possibilities in this regard, with the recent decree for regulating random housing areas constituting a starting point for these efforts.
Halqi said the housing sector will be revitalized by carrying out pre-planned land and real-estate construction projects, employing skilled management to providing houses that meet technical standards.
In turn, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development Hussein Farzat has noted that the cooperative housing sector provided over 200,000 apartments in the past years, and that work is being carried out to resolve issues affecting the performance of this sector so that it can take part in the rebuilding process.
Farzat said the ministry is working to amend a number of laws to deal with recent developments and improve the performance of the cooperative housing sector.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer