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Seychelles has a Record Center for National Archives

Seychelles has a Record Center for National Archives ( Seychelles has opened its first ever Record Center for the National Archives. The National Archives Records Center, situated at Providence and which will house Seychelles historical documents, was officially opened by the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange.

In his opening remarks, in the presence of the Seychelles Vice President Danny Faure, the French Ambassador to the Seychelles; Philippe Delacroix; and government dignitaries, Minister St.Ange described the inauguration of the record center as an “epic chapter of the Seychelles National Archives.”

“Today's inauguration is fundamentally meaningful, as it not only represents the expansion and subsequent advancement of an institution, but also Seychelles’ initial memorial to the International Archives Day - an annual event celebrated by the archives community on the 9th of June. Surely this will be a most noteworthy stepping stone to the commemoration of such a significant event in the years to come.”

Minister St.Ange said that the Record Center is a vital asset to the country. “Information pertaining to our country's beginning, its nationhood, its endeavors, and future aspiration are these sorts of precious materials being kept in the archives. Archival information is central to the bolstering of a country's national identity as it enhances a people's understanding of their historical past and present. Notably, a thorough comprehension of one's past inevitably expands and transforms one's perception of the present. Archival information is as essential to a nation as individual memory is to a person.”

Mr. Alain Lucas, the Director of the National Archives, explained that the Record Center is “a large-scale investment that will benefit the people of Seychelles.” He explained that the three-storey building funded by the Seychelles government at 7.5 million rupees has a storage capacity of archival documents for nearly 5 to 10 years.

The highlight of the inaugural ceremony of the Record Center was the unveiling of the plaque by Minister St.Ange and the Principal Secretary for Culture, Ms. Benjamine Rose.

Vice President Danny Faure, who was then Minister for Finance when the foundation stone was laid, was then given the key to open Seychelles’ new Record Center. Minister St.Ange thanked the Vice President for his personal involvement to see that Record Center was built. “The Records Center has come at a time when Seychelles is implementing its economic reform program. Resources are very limited, and building such an important infrastructure required considerable investments in terms of both financial and human resources. Despite this, government remains committed in ensuring the preservation of our history. The Records Center, therefore, bears testimony to the government’s commitment to preserve our history and heritage,” the Minister responsible for Tourism&Culture said.

Minister St. Ange, Vice President Faure, and Philippe Delacroix, together with the Advisor to the Minister, Raymonde Onezime, and the Principal Secretary of Culture, Benjamine Rose, and all the invited guests present, toured an exhibition tracing the Seychelles National Archives history.


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