Visit to InfoFort, Savar, Bangladesh, 1 December 2018
December 22, 2018, 11:28 pm
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The first important outcome of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on 3 November between Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society (BARMS), DataFort Ltd. and BARM Netherlands was a visit on 1 December to InfoFort Savar. In response to the invitation of InfoFort director & CEO Mr. M.H. Khusru, Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society (BARMS) organized a programme fort his occasion.

Delegates from BARMS, National Archives of Bangladesh (NAB), National Library of Bangladesh (NLB), ICDDR,B, North South University, Prothom Alo, historians and journalists travelled to InfoFort in Savar on the first day of December. Among them were Professor Dr. Sharif Uddin Ahmed, President of BARMS, Mr Jalal Ahmed, additional Government Secretary of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and General Secretary of BARMS, Dr. Md. Nazim Uddin, Senior Manager at LISU  at ICDDR,B, Dr. Md. Zahid Hossain Shoeb, University Librarian of NSU, Mrs. Tahmina Akter, Deputy Director of National Archives Bangladesh, Mr. Ali Akbar, senior archivist at National Archives, Mr A.K.M. Nurul Alam, Mr Burhan Uddin and Mr Elias Kanchon.

InfoFort is a leading Records and Information Management Solution Provider in the Middle East and Africa offering services in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Algeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. InfoFort started operations in Bangladesh in 2014. Its focus is the private sector archives in Bangladesh providing services to many leading companies. The Archives has been built in the most modern and scientific way.

Mr. Md. Showkat Hossain Chowdhury, head of business operations of InfoFort accompanied the group to visit the archives building. Mr. Chowdhury briefed the team about their work procedures and building structure. The group physically visited the archives and observed the modern structure of the archives. Mr. Chowdhury also briefed the group about the building being BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology) certified, fire-proof, flood free and electric wire free. After the physical visit, a short presentation was given. In the discussion, the team advised InfoFort to set up a research wing to contribute the nation and for the development of archives.


BARMS, Infofort Ltd. and BARM Netherlands sign Memorandum of Understanding for development of Archival Education in Bangladesh, 3 November 2018
November 17, 2018, 8:59 pm
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On 25 of February  delegates from Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society (BARMS), DataFort Ltd. (franchise of InfoFort), and Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Support Group Netherlands gathered in Uttara, Dhaka, to work out a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of archival education in Bangladesh. Present were: prof. Sharif uddin Ahmed, Md. Lutful Haque, Nazimuddin, Khusru, Elias kanchon, Florus Geraedts and Sigfried Janzing. In this way strengthening the existing relations and cooperation existing since 1995 between archivists and record managers from Bangladesh and The Netherlands to further development in the area of records management and archival education. As vision  delegates decided to:

Increase transparency and accountability for good governance (a) and access to meaningful historical data for archival research (b) in Bangladesh;

By educating Bangladeshi students, archives staffs and staffs in record rooms in archives and records management, in this way becoming professionals having in mind the ethical code of the International Council on Archives (ICA); 

For this to happen promote and implement education and training in archives and recods management (ARM) and promote efficient archiving with adaptation to repeated changes of technologies and increased information life cycle;

And thus bringing Bangladesh in a better position regarding ARM.

After 8 months of hard work by the partners on 3 November MoU was officialy signed at the Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the Bangladesh National Museum. A special Seminar on Archives in Bangladesh was organised by BARMS for this special event.

The press-report on the occasion in The Librarian Times:

“Former caretaker government adviser Akbar Ali Khan said that the government records should be preserved in multiple places. Because they could be required at any time. He said this while addressing a seminar organized by Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society (BARMS) as the chief guest.
The seminar was held at the Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium, Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh, Dhaka titled ‘Archives in Bangladesh–Past Present Future’ on 3 November 2018.
Akbar Ali Khan also said that everyone needs to understand the requirements of the documentation. Everyone needs to know the necessity of this. While working in the World Bank – after the Twin Tower attack, the World Bank began to save all their records in the head office as well as in other states – he added.
The key-note paper titled ‘Record Management: Archives, Law and Education’ was presented by Professor Dr Mezbah-ul-Islam, former chairman of Department of Information and Library Management (ISLM), University of Dhaka (DU). Professor Dr Kazi Mostak Gausul Haque, Chairman of the same department, DU discussed on the key-note paper.
On the occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to establish educational institutions for the development of the country’s archives. BARMS, Infofort Limited (Dhaka) and Archives and Records Management – Netherlands signed on the MoU.
Dutch Archivist Florus Geraedts and Sigfried Janzing joined the MoU signing ceremony over Skype representing Netherlands.
Professor Dr Sharif Uddin Ahmed, President, BARMS presided over the signing ceremony and the seminar while Mr Jalal Ahmed, Additional Secretary, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and General Secretary, BARMS gave a welcome speech. The Director General of the Directorate of Archives and Libraries Mr Dilip Kumar Saha and the Director General of Bangladesh National Museum Mr Muksodur Rahman Patwary also spoke as the Special Guests.
Around 120 people including ISLM students, MPhil and PhD researchers, library professionals were present in the seminar.”

Some impressions of the road to the MoU, 25 February – 3 November 2018:

InfoFort Savar

The working Group BARMS, InfoFort, BARM NL on 25 February:

Signature and Seminar, 3 November, National Museum Bangladesh:

Meeting of BARMS Executive at Asiatic Society, Dhaka, 1 June 2018
May 30, 2018, 9:58 pm
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A meeting of the Executive Committee, BARMS, is convoked by Professor Sharif uddin Ahmed, acting president. It will be held on Friday 1 June 2018 at 4 PM at the Office Room of the Asiatic Society Heritage Museum, 1 Secretariat Road, Nimtali, Dhaka -1.

The main purpose of the meeting is to discuss organizing the observation of the International Archives Day Bangladesh (IADB) 2018. The meeting would also discuss the overall position of BARMS and end with_ Iftar_from Chowkbazar.

Agenda :
1.       Confirmation of the proceedings of the last meeting
2.       Observation of the International Archives Day 10 June 2018
3.       Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with four other members
to set up an Institute of Archival Studies
4.       Registration of BARMS under the Society’s Act
5.       Fund Raising
6.       Miscellaneous

ON ARCHIVES @Jessore Government City College, Jessore Town, 13 january 2018
January 27, 2018, 10:49 pm
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“Jessore Government City College, situated in the heart of Jessore town, is one of the oldest and leading colleges in the South Bengal as well as in the country. This college has achieved a prestigious position in the history of education of the nation”, (from:
Florus Geraedts and Elias Kanchon visited this college on the 13th of January to give a training on record keeping and archives management. Subjects of the training:
1. Records and archives as essential and significant part of a nation’s information resources
2. Role and function of these records and archives in society:
    a) basic tool for government planning
    b) rendering good service to the public
    c) prove of citizen’s rights
    d) enhancing transparency and accountability
    e) historical research and debate
3. Management of records and archives (filing, storage, appraisal, arrangement and description, etc.)
4. Open floor / questioning
Total amount of participants: 112, teachers, staffs and Students of JGCC:

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Meeting of BARMS Executive at ISLM Department Dhaka University, 14 October 2017
October 16, 2017, 9:24 pm
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Before the meeting of the BARMS Executive at 4 PM, Elias Kanchon had a network meeting at The International University of Business, Agriculture & Technology (IUBAT), Uttara, Dhaka. Participants were Monowara Sarwar & Kohinur of the Library Department, Rabiul Islam, special Aid to the Vice-Chancellor of IUBAT, and Shohag of EEE Lab. Discussion was about archives planning at IUBAT, contributions to the International Conference on Archives & Records Management (ICARM) on 24 February 2018, Rabiul’s newly established Politechnical Institute in Nilphamari, Jaldhaka (by his NGO Oasis for Posterity) and his plans to establish training on Right to Information & Archives by OfP in Nilphamari, Jaldhaka, together with Florus Geraedts and Sigfried Janzing, and finaly how to strengthen the Archives Movement.
Meeting of the Executive of BARMS took place from 4 PM till 6 PM and was all about planning of the second ICARM on 24 February 2018.
1. Options of the title of the conference: Archives is Past, Present, Future” or “Archives in the Digital World”
2. It was decided that ICARM 2018 will be a two days conference with local and international speakers, discussion, seminars and a cultural programme
3. Co-organizers are the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Dhaka university ISLM Department
4. Suggested Chief Guests: Asaduzzaman Noor, Minister of Cultural Affairs of the GOB (1st day of the conference) and Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Finance Minister of the GOB (2nd day of the conference)
5. Date of ICARM: 24 February 2018 (date of Establishment of BARM Society was 24 February)
6. Invitations to 30 speakers from Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nepal, Srilanka, UK, USA
7. Funding, think of: GOB, BARMS, SWARBICA, ICA-FIDA, Netherlands BARM, IRMT.
8. Two new committees were established for reasons of organizing ICARM:
        1. A Financial Committee
        2. An International Committee.
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Meeting of the Executive of BARMS, 23 September 2017, National Museum, Dhaka
October 1, 2017, 8:12 pm
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Abstract of the Minutes of the meeting:

1. Decision to organize an International Seminar on Archives Past, Present and Future in February 2018 (2nd ICARM – International Congres on Archives & Records Management).
2. Decision to organize a workshop on Archives and Records Management in this month of October
3. Decision to organzie a meeting with cultural secretary to discuss the monitoring of  records management all over the country and hand over the letter to the cultural secretary issued from MOPA.
4. Organize an inspection visit to Dhaka Collectorate Record Room.
5. Discussion on establish of an Archives Training Institute Bangladesh (ATIB) for Archival studies.
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Right to Know Day, 28 September
September 5, 2017, 7:32 pm
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Wouldn’t it be a good idea for tbe Archives Movement Network Bangladesh to prepare the celebration of the 28 September 2017: Right To Know Day? Archives are basic tool for Right To Information and Right To Know.

See for example: IID celebrated the International Right to Know Day on 28 September 2016 with a RTI awareness rally. The Institute of Informatics and Development
(IID) joined the Information Commission and other organisations to celebrate the day with a morning rally in Dhaka. Honorable Minister of Information Hasanul Haq Inu MP, Chief Information Commissioner Professor Dr. Md. Golam Rahman, local government representatives, NGO representatives and common citizens attended the rally. IID colleagues attended the rally that was held at the National Museum in Dhaka. IID is a public policy institute promoting evidence-informed inclusive policy. IID is registered as a nonprofit institute in Bangladesh under Section 28 of the Companies Act 1994.