Georgian National Museum expands circle of partners - Memorandum of cooperation was signed with the Egypt’s National Museums

07 December 2014

Georgian National Museum and national museums of Egypt signed a memorandum of cooperation at the Ministry of State of Antiquities of Egypt on 7th of December 2014.

Official ceremony was opened by the Minister of the State of Antiquities and professor of Egyptology Mr. Mamdouh Eldamaty. In his welcoming speech minister underlined importance of the cross country cooperation in the field of museology.

General Director of the Georgian National Museum professor David Lordkipanidze expressed his gratitude towards the Egyptian partners and highlighted that Georgia, as well as Egypt are in the period of transition, when cultural, scientific and educational institutions play leading role in the further development of the countries.

From the Egyptian side the memorandum was signed by the directors of the three leading museums - Egyptian Museum, National Museum of Egyptian Civilization and Grand Egyptian Museum.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Arab Republic of Egypt Archil Dzuliashvili welcomed both sides and noted that this initiative will not only deepen professional cooperation, but significantly contribute to the establishment of close relations between two countries.

Cooperation plan provides exchange programs in the fields of conservation-restoration, education, archaeology and curatorial works. Programs will launch from the spring of 2015.

After signing the agreement, Director of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Mr. Khaled El-Enan hosted participants and conducted excursion at the renovation works of the museum which purpose is to create new exposition, restoration-conservation and storage spaces. Project is implemented with the support of Egypt's government and UNESCO. Construction works were suspended because of the events taking place in the country during the last years. Third stage of renewing works was resumed during the visit of the Prime Minister of Egypt and Georgian delegation to the Museum site.