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Italy grants USD 1.2mn for Afghan Heritage Preservation, Development in Bamiyan

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Italy grants USD 1.2mn for Afghan Heritage Preservation, Development in Bamiyan

gholgholaUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will implement a USD 1.2mn project aimed at the conservation and development of Afghan heritage in Shar-e-Gholgholah of Bamiyan province.

The grant will be provided by the Italian government.

Afghan Minister for Information & Culture Makhdoom Raheen, Italy’s Ambassador to Kabul Luciano Pezzotti and the head of UNESCO Kabul office Paolo Fontani attended the official signing ceremony held at the Ministry.

“Through the support granted, Italy aims at assisting the Afghan authorities in the development of cultural policy in Afghanistan and help them promote culture as a key pillar towards Afghanistan’s overall social, political, economic and cultural development”, Pezzotti said.

The grant will be used for conservation and development of the World Heritage property of Shar-i-Gholgholah in Bamiyan; training and capacity-building with government officials on heritage conservation, management, dossier preparation, prevention of illicit traffic of antiquities; assist in promoting culture management through international and national conferences; and raise awareness on the need for heritage protection and the potential role of culture in human, social and economic development.

The project will aim at building capacity of experts from different departments of the Ministry of Information and Culture to enhance long-term sustainable cultural heritage management and conservation in Afghanistan, UNESCO said in a press release.



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