Interim Prime Minister Ahmed Tomeh participated in the opening of “Syria Baituna” Foundation in the Turkish city of Gaziantep that aims to empower the Syrian civil society. During the opening ceremony, Tomeh stressed the importance of the role of civil society organizations in the leading Syrian society, pointing out that the Syrian interim government is fully aware of the importance of this role. He said that the role of civil society organizations is not limited to relief and education projects, but it has a tremendous role in the consolidation of the idea of democratic civil state, pointing out that the competition among civil society organizations in the provision of services to citizens at all levels will considerably improve the state of society.
Director of the project Asa’ad Ashi defines four main tasks for the “Syria Baituna” Foundation, namely to serve as a forum for activists and civil society organizations based in Gaziantep, to serve as a virtual forum, to serve as a place for spreading knowledge through training and transfer of expertise and capacity building, and to provide grants to enable civil society organizations carry out projects. Ashi said that the Baituna Foundation seeks to cooperate with the interim government, especially in the legal affairs and legislation related to civil society organizations, pointing out that this will contribute to the formulation of realistic, democratic and fair laws towards achieving the interim government’s goals and objectives of the civil society organizations. (Source: Syrian Interim Government)