Inaugural Conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Museum Alliance Held at NMC

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2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the SCO and the first SCO Year of Culture. Against this background, the Inaugural Conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Museum Alliance (SCOMA) was held at the National Museum of China (NMC) on October 20, 2021, announcing the formal establishment of the first alliance of professional institutions in the cultural sector of the SCO.

Mr. Hu Heping, Minister of Culture and Tourism of China, Dr. Vladimir Norov, SCO Secretary-General, and Mr. Luo Jing, Director of the Department of Museums and Private Collections (Department of Science and Technology), National Cultural Heritage Administration addressed in the conference.

Dr. Wang Chunfa, Director of the NMC, emphasized in his speech that the SCO member states boast splendid civilization, rich culture and time-honored history of friendly relationship, thus having huge potential and a promising future in cultural cooperation. Members of the SCOMA are representative museums in the SCO member states responsible for collection, presentation, preservation and promotion of their respective outstanding cultures and cultural heritages, thus playing irreplaceable roles in facilitating regional cultural exchanges. By leading the establishment of the SCOMA, the NMC hopes to blaze new trails in exchanges and cooperation among museums, build a new bridge for co-development of museums and set up a new platform for the integration and sharing of cultural heritage resources to benefit the people with cultures and cultural relics. These actions will facilitate wider communication of the excellent cultures of the SCO and promote common development and prosperity among the SCO member states.

The representatives of the national museums from all other SCO member states attended the conference via video link, including representatives from National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, National History Museum of the Kyrgyz Republic, Department of Archaeology and Museums, Govt. of Pakistan, State Historical and Cultural Museum-reserve Moscow Kremlin Museums, State Historical Museum of Russia, National Museum of Tajikistan, and State Museum of History of Uzbekistan. The participants shared their insights on the cooperation among museums of the SCO member states and their expectations for the SCOMA. All of them expressed the support and praise for the founding of the SCOMA and expected the Alliance to enhance pragmatic cooperation, mutual learning, understanding and friendship among the SCO member states, and to present the splendid cultures of the SCO member states to the world.

Towards the end of the conference, Dr. Wang proposed three initiatives on exchanges of exhibitions, academic exchanges and the adoption of new technologies.

A group of guests attended the conference upon invitation including guests from the Bureau of International Exchange and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China, the Department of European-Central Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Embassy of Kazakhstan to China, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to China. The conference was presided over by Dr. Ding Pengbo, Deputy Director of the NMC.

Source: National Museum of China