Md. Lutful Haq, board member of Bangladesh Archives & Records Management Society, reporting about his visit of ICA Congress, Brisbane, 20 – 24 August 2012
September 19, 2012, 11:21 pm
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Early this year, I went through the International Council on Archives (ICA) Congress web page and came to know the details of joining the Congress. I found that the registration fees were quite high and difficult to subscribe from Bangladesh, because of our law on transferring money to other countries. I consulted with Mr. Florus Geraedts and Sigfried Janzing (members of BARM Netherlands) about the registration fees and transferring money to Australia. They talked to the Royal Society of Dutch Archivists (KVAN, Koninklijke Vereniging van Archivarissen in Nederland) and recommended them to sponsor my registration fees. KVAN responded on the request and sent my registration fees direct to Brisbane, thus it became very easy for me to complete the next series of action. I registered from Rajshahi Sports Archives, which is an affiliated body of ICA.

I applied Congress authority to allow me to present a paper but due to other important topics/speakers I could not be accommodated. However, I completed all formalities to join the Congress and reached Brisbane in time. I was the lone participant from Bangladesh, as the representative from National Archives of Bangladesh could not join the Congress.

Congress was very professional and packed with very important topics on archives and records managements (ARM) and related subjects. Speakers were very competent and knowledgeable. I wish I could attend all the lectures. More number of lectures was on digital ARM than the conventional ARM. I was immensely benefited with the lectures.

1000 Participants from 93 countries registered for the Congress by 14 August 2012. Few more interested persons got registration after the opening ceremony whose names were not in the list of participants. Many local professionals and students participated in the Congress day-to-day basis.

I approached, on behalf of Rajshahi Sports Archives, ICA for translating some of the principle ICA documents into Bengali. Accordingly, I am assigned with translating 2 basic documents into Bengali. Here I like to mention that we have already translated one SPO document into Bengali. I hope that translated document will be uploaded in the ICA website soon.

There was an industrial fair on ARM where many companies from different countries took part with their product. New software and hardware were displayed and demonstrated.

I met many important staffs of ICA and other important ARM personalities of present time. I discussed with them about the development of ARM in BD. Many of them expressed their interest on the Bangladesh issue. I tried to develop co-operation for Rajshahi Sports Archives

My attending the congress was very fruitful. I strongly recommend that BARMS should become the member of ICA and get the benefit of membership for the development of ARM in BD. BARMS may also try to start ‘Archival Studies’ diploma/course with the assistance of ICA in BD.

At the end, I thank KVAN and BARM Netherlands to facilitate my joining the congress.

Muhammad Lutful Haq

Some impressions of my visit:

In conference hall

With Kenth Sjöblom of National Archives of Finland

Koalas everywhere