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Working visit to the Representative of UNESCO in Bamako

Following the working visit between the Institute and MUNISMA on 09/03/2017, which was aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two institutions in the field of joint projects implementation, the MINUSMA recommended the Institute to contact the UNESCO Office in Bamako, the United Nations specialized agency in the field of culture.

The Deputy Director-General of the Institute, Dr Mahamat Adoum DOUTOUM, accompanied by the Financial and Administrative Director, Dr Mabrouk KRAIEM, undertook a working visit to the Head of the Office a.i Mr. Hervé HUOT-MARCHAND, Resident Representative of the UNESCO Office in Bamako on 19/05/2017 at ACI 2000. The working agenda focused on how to integrate the Institute’s projects in the second phase of the Rehabilitation Program of the Damaged Heritages in north of Mali.

At the beginning of the work, the Institute’s management made a succinct presentation of the achievements and interventions of the Institute in the field of safeguarding manuscripts particularly in Mali and also handed over two projects of the Institute on the following themes:

  1. A training session on the safeguarding of museum collections in the event of conflict or terrorist attack
  2. An international conference on the theme: Timbuktu, a hub of exchange in the Sahelo-Saharan space.

The UNESCO Representative committed to forward to the Institute the results of the first phase of the Heritage Rehabilitation Program in northern Mali. He proposed to hold a working session with the Institute in the current week and also sought the participation of the Institute in the conference on humanity to be organized by UNESCO at the end of June 2017.

He therefore reassured to transmit the Institute’s request and the related information to the UNESCO regional office in Dakar for funding the two projects. He also invited the Institute to become involved in the organization of a training session on the preservation of manuscripts to be organized by UNESCO in 2018.

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