Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS or "PalStat") is the statistical organization under the umbrella of the Palestinian Cabinet of the Palestinian National Authority
Palestinian National Authority
The Palestinian Authority is the administrative organization established to govern parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip...


The PCBS was established in 1993 by decision of the PLS Executive Committee. It carried out its first full census of the West Bank
West Bank
The West Bank ) of the Jordan River is the landlocked geographical eastern part of the Palestinian territories located in Western Asia. To the west, north, and south, the West Bank shares borders with the state of Israel. To the east, across the Jordan River, lies the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan...

 and Gaza Strip
Gaza Strip
thumb|Gaza city skylineThe Gaza Strip lies on the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The Strip borders Egypt on the southwest and Israel on the south, east and north. It is about long, and between 6 and 12 kilometres wide, with a total area of...

 in 1997.

Despite considerable Israeli obstruction (see Nigel Parsons
Nigel Parsons
Nigel Parsons is a Paralympic athletics competitor from Australia. He won a pair of gold medals at the 1988 Seoul Games in the Men's 4x100 m Relay A2A4-7 event and the Men's 4x400 m Relay A2A4-7 event.-References:...

 (2005): The Politics of the Palestinian Authority pp.200-201), the PCBS was able to arrange the voter registration for the Palestinian general election, 1996.

As well as providing statistics on the retail price index
Retail Price Index
In the United Kingdom, the Retail Prices Index or Retail Price Index is a measure of inflation published monthly by the Office for National Statistics. It measures the change in the cost of a basket of retail goods and services.-History:...

 and other things one might expect in any country, the PCBS also provides statistics tailored to the particular issues faced by Palestinians in the West Bank And Gaza Strip, such as their 2003 "Survey on the Impact of separation Wall on the Location Where it Passed Through".


  • Dr. Hasan Abu Libdeh (1993-2005)
  • Dr. Luay Shabeneh (2005-2010)
  • Ola Awad (2011-present)

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