An Anniversary Gift for Vanuatu

Continuing with the subject of Vanuatu and a new Library and Archives building that is badly needed, here is news from April to catch us up to speed on this development. We haven’t heard of anything new of late, but will definitely post it here when we do.

What a pearl of an anniversary gift…

I am pleased to convey the news that the Australian Government is indeed thinking seriously about funding the construction of a national archives building in Vanuatu as a 30th anniversary gift to the people of Vanuatu. I have had this confirmed by our Foreign Affairs Dept, who have also said that they are happy for me to relay the news to you.

It is not confirmed, but it is under active consideration. I have indicated the willingness of both the NAA and PARBICA to provide any assistance that may be useful in relation to the matter and emphasised how much we all think it is a splendid idea, and something that is
sorely needed. I suspect that may be all that needs to be done at this stage. I will keep you informed of developments as and when I learn them.

Fingers crossed that it comes to fruition!

Source: Adrian Cunningham

About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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