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05DAMASCUS6439 2005-12-12 11:38:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Damascus
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THE SARG PRESENTS ITS DEVELOPMENT PLAN TO THE

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/11/2015
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SUBJECT: THE SARG PRESENTS ITS DEVELOPMENT PLAN TO THE
DONOR COMMUNITY


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the control of the government bureaucracy.



6. (C) Comment. Though the SARG,s initiative to consult
with the donor community is a positive step, the plan itself
lacks detail and it remains doubtful that the reformers have
a real mandate. Unfortunately, the SARG is still unable to
discuss publicly its largest economic challenges ) subsidies
that consume nearly 50 percent of its published budget, and
privatization of the cash hemorrhaging state-owned
enterprises. Ultimately, the SARG will have to face the
reality that Husrieh alluded to ) implementing its
development plan would cause its corrupt classes to lose
their stranglehold on economic activity, formalize economic
decision-making, and remove the security services from their
current role of implementing the anonymous economic policy
vetoes of regime insiders. The reformers have yet to prevail
in a confrontation with either group.
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