REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA - The National Archives of Australia and Indonesian National Archive (ANRI), signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on archives cooperation. Under the MoU, Both countries will continue to collaborate on developing staff skills, sharing professional resources and participating in scholarly and cultural exchanges.
"This agreement signifies the growing strength of the relationship between these two important national institutions and opens the way for further cooperation and exchange," Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty, said in written statement on Monday. "Formal links between institutions and the professional relationships formed between their staff members are an important element of the Australia–Indonesia relationship."
The five-year MoU builds on Australia’s rich tapestry of connections with Indonesia covering more than 60 different areas including the economy, education, technology, health, science, law enforcement, defense, intelligence and security. In the digital age, it is fitting that the first initiative focuses on policies and systems for the effective management of digital records.
The MoU was signed by Mustari Irawan, Director-General of Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia and Mr David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives of Australia on 17 June at ANRI headquarters.
"The signing of this MoU renews the long-standing relationship between our institutions at a time when we, as national archives, are supporting our governments in the transition to a digital economy," Fricker said.
While Irawan agreed and said the MoU "strengthens the bond between our institutions and illustrates the strong relationship between Australia and Indonesia."