3 April 2013

Angola: Minister Wants More People to Visit National Archive

Luanda — The Culture minister, Rosa Cruz e Silva, last Tuesday in Luanda manifested her disappointment at the fact that a very low number of people visit regularly the National Archive for research activities.

Delivering a lecture on "Diagnosis and challenges in scientific research, technological development and innovation for the cultural sector", at the First Consultative Council of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the minister explained that this fact is reflected on some graduation theses whose contents are not based on the sources of the referred institution.

Rosa Cruz e Silva stressed that the records of the institution show that in one year less than fifty researchers visit the National Archive.

"I wonder why the documents from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, in various areas, continue to attract interest only from foreign researchers", she regretted.

She revealed that the figures show an average of about twenty foreign researchers per year who visit the National Archive, adding that this is an activity that should be carried out by capable professionals who know the path to follow.

The Angolan National Archive (ANA) has the objective of co-ordinating the national policy on archives, supervising the National Archives System, among other tasks. The National Archive functions under the umbrella of the Culture Ministry.

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