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June 14, 2013

The National Archives Go Digital

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mookhesswur Choonee, and the Minister of ICT, Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum have launched the website and digital archive system National Archives, Coromandel Wednesday.

Users at local and international level, can now have access to some 530,000 documents that have already been scanned.

"The National Archives of Mauritius are the oldest in the Indian Ocean and in the southern hemisphere, and they preserve documents dating from the year 1815," said the Acting Director, Diana Bablee.

Mookhesswur Choonee asked young people to engage in activities to preserve the culture and heritage of Mauritius. "We must preserve the history of Mauritius, both in terms of culture, buildings, securities and documents," he said.

Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum said he was very satisfied with this laudable initiative of the Department of Arts. "People do not have enough time to move every time and this site will allow them to have access to a digital archive system," he said.

He assured the staff of the National Archives that his ministry will provide support for the maintenance of the website and digital archive system. The first phase of this project began in 2009 and ended in February 2013. This has required an investment of Rs 23 M. The project was conducted by the Department of Arts and Culture with the support of the Ministry of ICT, DCDM Consulting  and TNT Solutions. The second phase of the project will start in July 2013. 

 

Text by Le Matinal
 

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