File - A Syrian man slices halawa at an exhibition of local Syrian products in Damascus.
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Syria's entrepreneurs, suffering from crippling losses after four years of civil war, have launched a drive to encourage consumers, hit by burgeoning inflation as well as a shortage of imports, to "buy Syrian".For Dania, like many other Syrians, buying imported products has become nearly impossible.Syria's currency has plunged since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, dropping from 50 pounds to the dollar to 300 pounds this year. Boosting exports will be difficult for a country where many companies and businessmen have been under international sanctions since 2012 .Syria's exports have plunged from $11.3 billion (10.5 billion euros) in 2010 to only $1.8 billion last year, according to pro-government newspaper Al-Watan. Sanctions and loss of government control over many border areas have made it difficult to bring in goods, cutting the export-import ratio from 82.7 percent in 2010 to 29.7 percent in 2014 .
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