“Thirty days into holding Egypt’s antiquities portfolio, Ahmed Eissa has lodged a comprehensive plan with the interior ministry for securing museums and archaeological sites across the country.
Eissa told Ahram Online that the plan aims not only to tighten security, but also to remove all negative encroachments on Egypt’s museums and archaeological sites due of a lack of security nationwide since the January 2011 revolution.
In collaboration with the interior ministry, Eissa explains, a comprehensive training programme for guards and security personnel of the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) is to be organised soon.
In addition, Eissa continued, the MSA is planning special campaigns to raise cultural awareness of the value of Egypt’s antiquities — this part of an effort to revive the country’s vital tourism industry” – via Ahram Online.
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This is very good news indeed! Educating people about the cultural value of Egypt’s treasures is half of the battle against the looting and abuse of monuments.