Egyp­tian mu­seum to be man­aged in­ter­na­tion­ally

The China Post - - ARTS -

Egypt’s an­tiq­ui­ties min­is­ter said Tues­day that the long-planned Grand Egyp­tian Mu­seum will have an in­de­pen­dent, in­ter­na­tional di­rec­tor­ship in an ef­fort to over­come bu­reau­cracy.

Min­is­ter Mam­douh el-Da­maty said the awaited mu­seum near the Pyra­mids of Giza will be run “in­de­pen­dent” of the gov­ern­ment, sim­i­lar to the Bi­b­lio­theca Alexan­d­rina, an elab­o­rate piece of ar­chi­tec­ture which opened in 2002 un­der a spe­cial act of par­lia­ment guar­an­tee­ing its ad­min­is­tra­tive in­de­pen­dence.

“We have a plan for it to have in­de­pen­dence and an in­ter­na­tional board of trustees like the Li­brary of Alexandria,” he told re­porters at a news con­fer­ence near the mu­seum’s 50-hectare con­struc­tion site.

For­mer an­tiq­ui­ties min­is­ter and famed Egyp­tol­o­gist Zahi Hawass told The As­so­ci­ated Press in June that the mu­seum must be in­ter­na­tional be­cause “gov­ern­ment rou­tine can­not work for mu­se­ums.”

Pri­vate, in­ter­na­tional spon­sor­ship was needed, he said, sug­gest­ing that the names of in­di­vid­ual donors be writ­ten on the walls of the mu­seum as an in­cen­tive.

The Egyp­tian gov­ern­ment is try­ing to re­vive its bat­tered tourism in­dus­try af­ter four years of tur­moil.

Only the foun­da­tion and a few struc­tures of the mu­seum have been built so far. It was orig­i­nally sched­uled to have opened years ago but was re­peat­edly de­layed over what the gov­ern­ment said was lack of funds. The latest of­fi­cial tar­get aims for a 2018 open­ing.

The main achieve­ment so far is the con­struc­tion of a new con­ser­va­tion cen­ter to re­store dam­aged an­tiq­ui­ties, which is al­ready be­ing used to work on ar­ti­facts that will even­tu­ally be dis­played at the mu­seum.

AP

Cam­era op­er­a­tors film the stone lab­o­ra­tory of the restora­tion cen­ter at the par­tially opened com­plex of the Grand Egyp­tian Mu­seum in Cairo, Egypt, Tues­day, Aug. 25. Egyp­tian An­tiq­ui­ties Min­is­ter Mam­douh el-Da­maty said the long-planned mu­seum will have an in­de­pen­dent, in­ter­na­tional di­rec­tor­ship in an ef­fort to over­come bu­reau­cracy. The mu­seum was orig­i­nally sched­uled to al­ready have opened but was re­peat­edly de­layed over what the gov­ern­ment said was a lack of funds.

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