February 22, 2019
On January 22, 2019, representatives of the U.S. Embassy-Kabul, the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Museum of Afghanistan, and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago met to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that provides a three-year extension of the National Museum of Afghanistan (NMA) cultural heritage preservation partnership.
The NMA-OI Partnership project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy-Kabul. The MoU was signed by Prof. Mohammad Rasul Bawary, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Cultural and Art Affairs and by Prof. Gil J. Stein, University of Chicago, NMA-OI Partnership Project Principal Investigator and Senior Advisor to the Provost for Cultural Heritage. Also participating in the signing ceremony were the other key parties to the MoU — Ms. Alia Sharifi, Cultural Affairs Specialist, US Embassy-Kabul; Advocate Mr. Mohammad Naweed Haidairy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Fahim Rahimi, Director of the National Museum of Afghanistan; and Mr. Alejandro Gallego Lopez, Field Director of the NMA-OI Partnership.
Initiated in 2012, for the last six years the NMA-OI Partnership has been helping to restore the infrastructure of the National Museum of Afghanistan through a range of initiatives such as developing a bilingual Dari-English computer database to document and inventory all the objects in the NMA’s collections, conserving and restoring museum objects, improving the Museum’s storage facilities, and training the Museum’s curators, conservators, and Information Technology specialists.