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Syrian Textile Manufacturers Face Losses of 12.5 Billion Pounds Due to ‘Productivity’ Slump

Regime media claims reason for fall in productivity due to difficulties in securing the necessary basic materials for production and maintenance
Syrian Textile Manufacturers Face Losses of 12.5 Billion Pounds Due to ‘Productivity’ Slump

Sources at the General Organization for Textile Industry in Syria said that the institution had failed at reaching over half of its projected productivity and marketing target for the current year.

The value of planned production at the level of the institute and its companies reached 23.4 billion Syrian pounds ($108 million), while in actuality it produced about 11.2 billion pounds, a decrease of about 12.2 billion pounds, with a rate of implementation of no more than 48 percent.

In a report published on Tuesday by the newspaper Tishreen, a regime mouthpiece, the reason for the lack of productivity was difficulties in securing the necessary basic materials to complete the production process, especially regarding exchange and renewal, and the necessary materials for maintenance of the production lines at the institute’s companies.

Sources speaking to the newspaper pointed to the role played by the general lack of experience and scientific competence, especially in the first and second classes and the productive labor classes.

The most important of these reasons, according to the sources, was that a number of these companies had effectively gone out of service as a result of destruction, theft and vandalism, while some companies had partially stopped for the same reasons, in addition to a lack of basic materials like cotton, spinning materials of all kinds, as well as other reason that had affected the institute’s operations.

The institute sources said that the reasons were linked to the weak performance of the institute administration, its inability to test the administrations of its companies to find appropriate solutions to the problems and difficulties these companies face — especially textile companies which lack stores as a result of operations to benefit others meeting agreed-upon wages, while private companies have not fulfilled their obligations to operators. So production quantities have remained in the companies’ warehouses on one hand, while they have not obtained the capital to meet operations on the other.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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