On January 10, 2006, the President of the Syrian Arab Republic issued a decree (Stock Exchange Act) to establish a market for the trading of securities. The Damascus Securities Exchange (DSE) was launched in 2009 and it is the only stock exchange in Syria.
Companies that are listed in the DSE are divided into five sectors, which include agricultural, insurance, banking, industrial and service. In addition to equities, the DSE trades corporate bonds, Government bonds and local authority (municipal) bonds. There is also be a provision for the trade of mutual funds (collective investment schemes) and Islamic products (Sukuk).