Syria/ 6.2 Public cultural expenditure  

6.2.3 Sector breakdown

The State budget plan in the field of culture during the year 2009 aims to (lifting the cultural level of the society and improvement of the cultural centers cervices and taking care of culture through the TV channels and Radio stations, also preservation, excavation, archaeological search and restoration of archaeological sites, construction of Latakia Museum and finishing other museums in other governances, provision of light and sound equipment for some theater stages in the country and completing the cinema and children’s theater equipment at the cultural centers).


 

State budget law of 2007, 2008, 2009, Central Bureau of Statistics Press reports


The viewer of the previous table can notice, the concentration of the biggest part of the budget of the MOC under the central administration term (48%) since the Ministry contains many directorates that are not independent financially, and are funded from the approbation of the central administration with unfixed share for specific activities, paid through the central administration accountant, such as: (Heritage Revival Directorate – the Child Culture Directorate – Copyrights Directorate – The Elderly Education and Cultural Development Directorate). 


While others have fixed share paid through the central administration accountant (don’t have independent funding) such as the Fine Arts Directorate which is appropriated by 10 million SYP a year to perform work of arts. The other expenditures are paid form the (central administration share):

 

  • Cultural centers abroad and abroad missions (cultural relationship) 75 million SYP.
  • Festivals 27 million SYP.
  • Central administration employee payroll 153 million SYP.
  • General expenditures 40 million SYP.
  • Also 3% from investment approbations in every ministry is alocated for training and qualifying human resources in the public sector.

 

We can also notice in the budget of MOE the insufficiency of the amount appropriated to school theater 7 million SYP, at the rate of half a million for each governorate. Except of that the budget of MOE ignores a funding term for educational activities like (drawing, music, cultural festivals etc).


In the following, we adduce the program of the cultural sector in the 11th Five-Year Plan (2011 – 2015) with noting that the mentioned project has not been distributed nor activated. Instead, its priorities have been changed as a result of the crisis that Syria is witnessing. However, for not having documented or constant facts, we present the following for the purpose of inference and reading.


Programs of the cultural sector in the 11th FYP (2011 – 2015)              Unit: SYP1000

Programs

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total

Institutional Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislative Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

Development of Local Cultural Bureaus (centers – libraries – folk cultural institutes)

1684300

1533800

1551100

1441000

717100

6827300

Adult Teaching Project

10000

10000

10000

10000

10000

50000

Developing books and delivering them to the widest group possible

36000

15000

20000

0

0

71000

Developing cinema products and promoting the situation of cinema

35000

35000

10000

10000

10000

100000

Development of theater

275000

330000

255000

200000

200000

1260000

Development of plastic art

85000

270000

300000

50000

50000

755000

Developing children’s knowledge

40000

40000

40000

40000

40000

200000

Caring for the diverse civilized heritage of Syria and promoting the situation of archeology

770000

750000

778000

808000

839000

3945000

Program of documenting Syrian Heritage

35000

35000

40000

45000

45000

200000

Program of arising with the situation of museums

325000

300000

318000

338000

346000

1645000

Program of preserving archeological pieces/sites and restoring them

770000

750000

778000

808000

893000

3945000

Building capabilities

5000

5000

5000

5000

5000

25000

Total

2940300

2988800

2996100

2464000

1871100

13233300

Total in US Dollars
(USD 1 = SYP 68)

43377705

43952941

43663235

36235294

27516176


194605352351

 

(US Dollar Exchange rate according to the Central Bank of Syria (SYP 148) - black market (SYP 149.9) in May 2013)

 


The fifteenth five-year planning period will soon come to an end; at the time of writing we had not found any sources that would show the extent of achievements in this five-year period, or that would reflect the current crisis in Syria. 




Chapter published: 09-05-2016


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