North and East Syria official: Goods prices will soon be under control

ZALIN (QAMISHLI), Syria – Since the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria began implementing measures to control the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the region has witnessed a sharp increase in the price of goods, especially since the imposition of a curfew.

SuroyoFM radio station spoke with Mr. Abdul Salam Jalloud, an official in the Directorate of Supply and Consumer Affairs in Zalin (Qamishli), about the situation.

Jalloud explained that due to the increase in goods prices, the Directorate has been forced to implement controls on major shopkeepers and merchants.

“Since 22 March, the Directorate of Supply and Consumer Affairs has been active,” said Jalloud. “The Directorate’s control tours in the markets have been intensified.”

Jalloud indicated that the Directorate now also issues a daily prices list for all basic goods. He stressed that the Directorate is working to reduce goods prices as much as possible and prevent the exploitation by shopkeepers of the extenuating circumstances of the current coronavirus situation.

Jalloud concluded by calling on citizens to submit their complaints and to report any violation of the daily price list for basic goods.