The Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt and the Museum of African Civilizations of the Senegalese Ministry of Culture signed on Saturday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of antiquities.
The MoU aims to exchange experience in the fields of restoration and maintenance of discovered artefacts, museum management, exhibition, registration, documentation, and archiving.
The agreement also seeks to develop the educational and cultural role of museums in both countries to contribute to raising tourism and archaeological awareness among the two peoples.
Both countries agreed to support cooperation initiatives in the field of cultural property preservation, and joint scientific research in the field of antiquities protection.
Moreover, a number of temporary exhibitions of antiquities and replicas will be held in both countries, in addition to archaeological events, lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops, and specialized training courses aimed at building the capacities of archaeological workers.
The two parties will also cooperate to combat smuggling and illicit trafficking in cultural and archaeological properties, and work within the framework of compliance with the regulations governing the protection of antiquities and intellectual property in Egypt and Senegal.
The MoU was signed by Khaled El-Anany, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, on the Egyptian side, and Aïssata Tall Sall, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall met on Saturday and witnessed the signing of several cooperation agreements in the fields of culture, electricity, renewable energy, and sports. They also granted mutual visa waiver for holders of diplomatic passports.