More than 400 local government and cultural representatives, librarians and archivists gathered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, today for the launch of an initiative aimed at preserving the history of the nation.

The plan is to establish an integrated and comprehensive national archive in 15 years, an initiative headed by the National Center for Documentation and Research (NCDR).

The project, known as “The memory of the nation”, will start by providing ministerial and governmental associations with the know-how to set-up and organise existing databases and archives in their respective offices. An interim project, with an expected two year timetable, aims to make sure that all ministries in the country organise their archives.

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