6 December 2012

Angola: Governor Reaffirms Commitment to Classifying M'banza Kongo As World Heritage

M'banza Kongo — The governor of the northern Zaire province, José Joanes André, reaffirmed on Thursday in M'banza Kongo, the interest of providing full support to the Ministry of Culture for the main purpose of the Angolan executive in classifying this city as World Heritage.

José Joanes André said so during the meeting aimed to sign a new protocol with the Ministry of Culture, which provides the redefinition of tasks to be performed by both parties, within the project "M'banza Kongo, City to Unearth to Preserve".

On the occasion, the governor reminded the passage of the speech of the Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos, during his visit to this city on August 2 this year.

On the occasion, the Head of State said: "This city (M'banza Kongo), with over half a millennium of existence, recovers the greatness of its past and being elevated to the category of heritage of humanity, for such it is not enough to rescue the land treasure buried in it, we have to recover and modernize its infrastructures".

He considered this pronouncement of the President as the bible that will guide the actions of the cultural sector at the level of the province in the coming days.

The memorandum signed between the government of Zaire and the Ministry of Culture includes shared responsibilities in preparing the registration dossier of M'banza Kongo city in the world heritage list.

This agreement ensures the preservation of monuments and historical sites of the city of M'banza Kongo, reset and redial the areas of archaeological excavations to be made by experts in the cultural sector in the city's historic district, duly classified. The promotion of the city of M'banza Kongo as a cultural, spiritual and tourist hub is also listed in this document, which also contains obligations for both parties.

The agreement was signed by the governor of Zaire, José Joanes André and the minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva, as part of her 24-hour visit to the province, which ended on Thursday.

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