Syria has recently taken initial steps to set up a technology park, somewhere in the center of the country, most likely in Aleppo, reported Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper. The proposed project, which is to be constructed in cooperation with Chinese, Malaysian and Russian companies, is estimated to cost up to one billion dollars.
The Syrian Ministries of Planning and Higher Education are currently assessing the feasibility studies of such a venture. Initially, $100 million will be invested in building the park, bringing the total investment gradually to one billion dollars.
Head of the Syrian Information Association Scientific Committee, Sami Khaymi, said that a new computer incubator project would be launched in Syria in the near future, reported the Al-Sharq Al-Awsat daily.
Khaymi added that a number of local companies and governmental agencies, including the municipality of Damascus, the industry ministry and the higher education ministry, have agreed to cooperate in order to launch the project successfully.
The new initiative is intended to promote the programming industry. Syria is planning to satisfy 80 percent of its local computer programming needs for the next three years, compared with the current 40 percent figure. — (MENA Report)
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