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last updated Jan. 4, 2010 3:39 PM (EST+7)
Nabil Kassis
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Palestinian politics Birzeit education economy planning politics negotiations
Nabil Kassis, an independent, was first appointed to the cabinet as minister of state (without portfolio) in 1998. He was in charge of the Bethlehem 2000 Project. In 2002 he served as minister of tourism. He was appointed minister of planning in the emergency government formed in October 2003 and continued to serve in this position from November 2003 until 2005.

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Kassis was born in 1945 in Ramallah. He holds a master’s degree in nuclear physics from the University of Mainz in Germany and a PhD in the same subject from the American University of Beirut. He is fluent in English and German. He taught Physics in Germany, Italy, France, England, Lebanon and Jordan, before joining Birzeit University in 1980. At Birzeit University he was a lecturer, chairman of the physics department and vice-president for academic affairs. He was heavily involved in keeping the university running at a time when the Israeli authorities were closing down Palestinian universities for prolonged periods. He is founder of the Palestine Institute for Economic Policy Research, a think-tank that focuses on the Palestinian economy.

He was a member of the Madrid Peace Delegation in 1991 and was deputy head of the delegation to the Washington negotiations in 1992 and 1993. He later became director general of the technical and advisory committee to the Palestinian negotiating team, established to do preparatory work for the transition to Palestinian self-government. He was a member of the Palestinian delegation on final status negotiations in 1999. He is a member of the steering and monitoring committee of the negotiations affairs department. In 1997 he was appointed member of the special committee for the investigation of the auditor’s report. He was then made coordinator of the ministerial committee for reform, a committee charged with overseeing reforms in the Palestinian Authority.
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