On 1 May, 2012, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM) during the 2012 AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo in Minneapolis, USA.
25 May 2012 - Originally a Regional Alliance and subsequently an Affiliated Organisation of ICOM, with the signing of the MoU, AFRICOM will represent ICOM positions and actions in Africa, in consultation with ICOM Secretariat. ICOM and AFRICOM agree to cooperate with each other through their appropriate bodies; both parties will ensure communication and exchanges on shared subject areas and encourage participation in their respective meetings.
They will strive to develop collaborative actions in the following areas of common interest: the establishment of documentation standards; the fight against illicit trafficking in heritage programmes and/or projects, accompanied by a campaign aimed at raising awareness among the public and local authorities on illicit traffic, fraud and the forging of documents in Africa, as well as and seminars and training sessions; the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue addressed by cultural policies in Africa; the promotion of African regional integration through museum events; the promotion of exchanges, the unity of museum and heritage professionals across Africa in order to share knowledge and experiences; the undertaking of action for the promotion of the role of African museums in the areas of sustainable development, cultural tourism, tangible and intangible heritage; and the encouragement of African international cooperation through regional approaches in different parts of the African continent.
Other forms of collaboration include joint meetings to be organised during the respective General Conferences of the parties; the participation of one member of AFRICOM in the ICOM Disaster Relief for Museum Task Force (DRTF); and the funding of cooperative activities, to be decided by the parties on a case-by-case basis.
ICOM President Dr Hans-Martin Hinz and AFRICOM President Mr Nath Mayo Adediran expressed their great satisfaction at the signing of this agreement, which marks a significant step in the joint involvement of both organisations in the revitalisation of the museum sector, particularly in Africa.