Warm Greetings and a pleasant welcome to my fellow archivists and colleagues.
First of all, we would like to express my earnest gratitude to all the archives communities and institutions, especially those in the Southeast Asia region that have generously and continually supported the Southeast Asia Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (SARBICA) since its establishment in 1968. Over the past 50 years, we have received overwhelming contributions by all parties despite the initial challenges faced in the development and sustainability of archives in Southeast Asia. We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our deepest appreciation to all for your valuable and insightful contributions as well as generous hospitality in the organisation of the SARBICA symposiums.
This year, we would like to thank the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) for taking the initiatives to host the SARBICA International Symposium 2019 with the theme “Rethinking Archives: Reframing Boundaries, Imagining Possibilities”. We know that many archives around the world are already thinking about this topic and hope that this theme will inspire all our participants to share fresh and innovative ideas in providing wider opportunities in maximizing the potential of our archives.
It is also with great pleasure that we will be celebrating the NAS 50th Anniversary (1968 – 2018) at this symposium. The NAS has planned several exciting events including the reopening of its revamped building and it will be glad to share with the symposium participants some of its new facilities and capabilities.
Lastly, we hope that you will find your visit to this website meaningful and pleasant. This site will provide you with the information and resources to keep you updated as well as to provide communication with the symposium secretariat.
We look forward to meeting you in Singapore.
DATUK AZEMI BIN ABDUL AZIZ
Chairman, SARBICA (2016-2018)