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last updated Jan. 4, 2010 2:7 PM (EST+7)
Maher al-Masri
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Palestinian politics Fateh investment fund development fund economy
Maher al-Masri, a member of Fateh, served as minister of economy and trade in all the cabinets from 1996 onwards. In 1996 he was also elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), as the representative for Nablus.

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Al-Masri was born in 1946 in Nablus. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the American University of Beirut. Between 1987 and 1996 al-Masri was general manager of the vegetable oil company in Nablus. He served on the board of directors of several private sector enterprises. He was also chairman of the board of the Palestinian Development Fund, a non-governmental organization that provides loans for industrial and agricultural projects in Palestine. He was an economist in Beirut and later worked in the private sector in Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

He is a proponent of a free Palestinian market and was responsible for negotiating the 1994 Paris Economic Protocol with Israel, an agreement designed to build the Palestinian economy on free market principles. He was a member of the Palestinian delegation at the Camp David negotiations in 2000.

During his time as minister of economy and trade, al-Masri served as chairman of the board of the Palestinian Investment Promotion Agency, the Palestinian Industrial Estates and Free Zone Area, and the Palestinian Banking Corporation. He was a member of the board of directors of the Palestinian Investment Fund.
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