China Will Boost Our Na­tional Archives

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China will as­sist the Na­tional Archives of Fiji in terms of train­ing, im­prov­ing its tech­no­log­i­cal ser­vices pre­serv­ing archives and the Dig­i­tal Con­ti­nu­ity Unit.

The Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to Fiji Qian Bo made this as­sur­ance dur­ing a tour of the Na­tional Archives yes­ter­day.

Mr Qian said the pur­pose of the visit was to learn the work of the Na­tional Archives and also to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of fu­ture co­op­er­a­tion.

“I’m happy to learn that this ar­chive is open to the gen­eral pub­lic. I’m also happy to learn the Na­tional Archives is also help­ing other coun­tries in the re­gion in their work in pre­serv­ing the na­tional his­tory and cul­tural her­itage,” he said.

“We are happy that our Chi­nese com­mu­nity im­mi­grated to Fiji 160 years ago and they are do­ing quite well and more im­por­tantly they have in­te­grated with the main­stream of this coun­try and are liv­ing hap­pily in Fiji.

“We will as­sist in terms of the train­ing of staff, how to im­prove the tech­nol­ogy in terms of pre­serv­ing the archives and the dig­i­tal con­ti­nu­ity unit, this is re­ally a trend that we can work on.” He said Fiji was al­ready do­ing a great job in the re­gion and they could help do more by em­pow­er­ing the Na­tional Archives in terms of man­power, tech­nol­ogy and fi­nance.

Mr Qian said this was the 45th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of the diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween China and Fiji.

“We are now work­ing with the Govern­ment of Fiji and peo­ple to build a com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship fea­tur­ing mu­tual re­spect and com­mon de­vel­op­ment.”

Her­itage and Cul­ture di­rec­tor, Collin Yabaki, thanked the Chi­nese Em­bassy for the as­sis­tance. “We are look­ing for­ward to learn­ing more from China about the preser­va­tion of the archives,” he said.

Se­nior ar­chiv­ist Ari­eta Buliru­arua said about 65 per cent of archival pho­to­graphs have been digi­tised; and about 40 per cent of his­tor­i­cal au­dio-vis­ual col­lec­tion were digi­tised.

The Na­tional Archives has five units;

■ Li­brary and Re­search room

■ Dig­i­tal con­ti­nu­ity

■ Preser­va­tion

■ Archives ad­vi­sory and

■ Records man­age­ment

About Na­tional Archives

The Na­tional Archives was es­tab­lished in 1954 as the Cen­tral Archives of Fiji and the Western Pa­cific High Com­mis­sion after sev­eral decades of in­ter­mit­tent pro­pos­als from in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als.

Less than a year after Fiji at­tained In­de­pen­dence the Na­tional Archives of Fiji for­mally came into be­ing with an amend­ment of the Pub­lic Records Or­di­nance in July 1971.

Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Speaker of Par­lia­ment Ratu Epeli Nailatikau ex­am­in­ing his­toric records at the Na­tional Archives of Fiji dur­ing the Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to Fiji Qian Bo’s visit at the fa­cil­ity on August 6, 2020.

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