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The Middle East's Most Competitive Countries

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12. Syria

GCI Rank: 94
Total Population: 20.4 million
GDP Per Capita (US$): 2,756.6
Direct Foreign Investment: $2.12 billion*
Most Problematic Factor for Doing Business: Gov't bureaucracy
Government Type: Republic under authoritarian military-dominated regime**
Chief of State: President Bashar al-Asad (since July 2000)**

Photo: David W. Hamilton | The Image Bank | Getty Images*The World Factbook, CIA**United Nations Conference on Trade and Development