The ICA Conference in Cameroon: Involving many factors

Holding the ICA Conference on Cameroonian soil aligns with the interests of public authorities to ensure the development of the archives function in various administrations and organizations in Cameroon. The country’s development vision places governance at the heart of the state's strategic management. One of the elements of the governance pillar is the management of archives, which is now a priority and the subject of several public policies aimed at the developing economic capacity, culminating in the modernization of the National Archives.

In a context of technological change and big data, it goes without saying that the development of records management and archival practices along with the reinforcement of professional capacity in this field carry economic, governance, sovereignty, security and cultural significance for African countries. The holding of the ICA annual conference in Yaoundé offers an opportunity for archival modernization projects in both Cameroon and the African continent. It is also a first step towards facilitating a collaborative interchange between academic and practical training in the archives profession. With the support of the President of the Republic, Head of State and with the approval of the Government the organization of the Annual Conference ICA YAOUNDE 2018 is assured of the moral and political guarantee of Cameroon.

 

International Council on Archives 

Promoting preservation and access to archives all over the world
Founded in 1948 under the auspices of UNESCO, The International Council on Archives (ICA) is a non-governmental organization, funded by its members. One of ICA's main missions is to promote the preservation and access to archives around the world through international cooperation.
 
With a global network, the International Council on Archives works with policy makers at the highest level and works closely with intergovernmental organizations such as UNESCO and the UN. It also has strong links with other non-governmental organizations, such as the International Blue Shield Committee.
 
"By working to improve the management of archives, the ICA contributes to the preservation and enrichment of the world's memory. With more than 2,000 members from 199 countries and territories, the International Council on Archives' mission is to channel the cultural diversity of its members in order to find effective professional solutions and create a profession open to innovations and adaptations "says David Leitch, ICA Strategic Advisor previously Secretary General.
 
The ICA brings together national archives institutions, professional associations of archivists, regional and local archives, archives of other public and private organizations of all countries and also hosts individual archivists.

 

70 years in defense of archives

For 70 years, the CIA has championed the effective management of archives and the protection of written heritage. To this end, it develops recognized standards, shares good practices and encourages dialogue, exchange and transmission of this knowledge across national borders. Its objectives are defined in four key points:
  • Encourage and support the development of archives in all countries, in cooperation with other intergovernmental bodies and international non-governmental organizations;
  • Promote, organize and coordinate the development of good practices and standards, as well as other activities in the field of records and archives management;
  • Establish, maintain and strengthen relations between archivists of all countries and between all public and private professional institutions and bodies, wherever the headquarters are located, whose activities relate to the administration or preservation of documents and archives or the professional training of archivists, especially through the exchange of information;
  • Facilitate the use and enhancement of archival documents by making their content more widely known and facilitating access.

 

The National Archives: an institution in regeneration that is at the service of Cameroon’s development ...

  • A body of law in constant and dynamic change based on the law n°2000/010 of December 19, 2000 governing the archives and the Decree n° 2001/958 / PM of November 1, 2001 setting the modes of application of the law 2000/010 of 19 December 2000 governing the archives
  •  Decree No. 2014/0882 / PM of 30 April 2014 on the organization and functioning of the national archives
  •  A penal code revision on July 12th, 2016 which sanctions the damage to the archival heritage.
  • A strategic vision promoted by the Government through Order No. 003 / CAB / PM of 17 January 2018 establishing the interministerial committee responsible for the restructuring of the National Archives; and focused on a six-part rescue plan including:
  • Rehabilitation and extension of the buildings housing the National Archives in Yaounde and Buea Annex whose process is engaged for the 2018 financial year.
  • Revising and updating the legal framework.
  • Conduct of national and international archival audits.
  • Construction of new infrastructures and procurement of new equipment worthy of our country.
  • Developing a digitization plan along with ensuring the access and  security of the archives of the State.
  • Development of human resources and capacity