Great News from Vanuatu

After a couple of years of meticulous planning, construction on the new National Archives and the National Library building has commenced. The construction company, Fletcher Organization Vanuatu Limited, began working on the foundation of the new building only about a week ago and have already made great progress.

In fact, on August 9 there was an official Ground Breaking Ceremony between the Government of Australia (represented by the Acting Australian High Commissioner), the Government of Vanuatu (represented by the Director-General, Ministry of Internal Affairs), and the Vanuatu National Cultural Council (represented by the Chairman and Director of the Council).

The building will be two stories with the National Archives on the first floor and the National Library on the second. This building will be built adjacent to the Cultural Center, and connected by a walkway.

The opening of the building is slated for July/August 2013.

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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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