Digitalising the National Archives with the view of consolidating national heritage and easing access to it for posterity will constitute one of the priority activities of the Ministry of Culture in the 2012 fiscal year. Culture Minister, Ama Tutu Muna, made the disclosure Tuesday November 22 after defending the ministry’s 2012 budget of FCFA 3.232 billion before the Finance and Budget Committee of the National Assembly.
“Digitalisation is a process. You start by getting the documents scanned. We did not need billions for the pilot project that is going on. And if we can finish this stage, maybe by the time we get to the second stage which is retrieving our archives, we would have had a new building,” she noted.
Besides rendering the National Archives digital, the Minister said they will try to make maximum use of the FCFA 850 million investment package to break new grounds in consolidating national heritage.
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