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    Third Executive Meeting of "Memory of the Arab World Project" to be Held in Cairo

    Date published: 15 January 2009

    The Third Executive Meeting of the Memory of the Arab World Project is due to be held in Cairo on January 20, 2009. Representatives of 22 Arab countries in addition to international organizations and institutions will participate in the meeting.

    The three-day meeting will be held at the premises of the Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT) in the Smart Village. 

    A number of key subjects are expected to be discussed during the meeting, amongst which are the executive procedures jointly undertaken among the Arab bodies, centers and institutions working on the heritage field.

    The meeting will be reviewing the achievements realized since the signing of the Al-Sharjah Declaration, an official agreement regulating the project approved during the first meeting held in Al-Sharjah, UAE in October 2007. The participants will also tackle the recommendations of the second meeting held in Syria last May.

    The meeting attendees will figure out the accomplishments of the project's workforces and the plan for the upcoming phase. Samples of the data collected about museums, major Arab cities, folkloric heritage, and biographies of Arab scientists will be reviewed during the meeting.

    The Memory of the Arab World project is a regional Arab project that aims at digitizing the Arab heritage and publishing it online. Another purpose of the project is to preserve the cultural heritage of the Arab world and acquaint the coming generations with its different aspects via the use of state-of-the-art ICT tools.

    CULTNAT is coordinating the project's operations in cooperation with an Arab network of organizations, specialized agencies and Arab countries. The network was formed during the first 2007 meeting. The network members provided databases of the Arab States' heritage as a step towards publishing them on the project's bilingual (Arabic and English) portal.

    About CULTNAT
    The Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT) was established in January 2000 as a project operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). In 2003, CULTNAT become an affiliate of MCIT and Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The center runs an array of projects and programs for the documentation of both the tangible and intangible aspects of Egypt's cultural and natural heritage, including archeology, architecture, manuscripts, music, folklore, caricatures, plastic arts and natural resources.

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