IAMS News Update (Issue 1 of 2018)

IAMS Secretariat

News Update

I.The Ministry of Culture and Heritage Convenes Work Coordination Conference and Announces the IAMS Secretariat Shall Be Set in the NMC

To all-roundly advance the “Belt and Road” cultural construction of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and bring the five-association mechanism’s leading role into play, the Professional Committee of the Museums of the Silk Road of Chinese Museums Association, the International Association for the Study of Silk Road Textiles and the Silk Road International Museum Alliance, under the guidance of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, jointly initiated the founding of the International Alliance of Museums of the Silk Road (IAMS) on May 18, 2017.

On June 29, 2018, Yu Qun, member of the Party Leadership Group of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism convened the IAMS work coordination conference among leaders of related departments. As communicated by Yu Qun, according to the opinions of the Party Leadership Group of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism endorsed by the Party Leadership Group of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, the IAMS Secretariat shall be set in the National Museum of China (NMC), and the leading organization of the IAMS shall be changed from Chinese Museums Association to the NMC. Accordingly, the NMC rather than the Chinese Museums Association shall be responsible for the establishment and operation of the related mechanisms and organs.

The representatives of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and the leaders from the three organizations which initiated the IAMS founding all supported the decision of the Party Leadership Group. The NMC Deputy Director Bai Yuntao, on behalf of the NMC Director Wang Chunfa, expressed gratitude for the trust of the Party Leadership Group of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and that of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, and showed support for their decision. To implement the Belt and Road national strategy, the NMC, as the leading organization of the IAMS, deems it is an honor and a responsibility to well implement the Belt and Road Cultural Development Action Plan (2016-2020) of the Ministry of Culture and do a good job about the IAMS in light of the arrangements and requirements of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage.

With regard to the IAMS plan on “building a work team, putting in place a fund, establishing a communication mechanism, conducting a series of activities, training backbone professionals and making a host of achievements”, the members of the Party Leadership Group of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism require the NMC to substantially carry out the IAMS work centering on the six aspects. The IAMS shall continue to be committed to advancing the themed exhibition, information sharing, joint study, professional exchange and talent training, promoting international cooperation among the museums of the countries and regions along the Silk Road, strengthening communication and cooperation with the international organizations related to these museums, and enhancing the interest and participation in the cross-cultural communication and cooperation of diverse sectors of society, with a view of achieving connectivity among the peoples of the Silk Road.

II. The IAMS New Secretariat Convenes the First Work Conference

To implement the guiding principles of the June 29th meeting, the adjusted Secretariat of the IAMS held its first work conference at the NMC on July 6, 2018. Hosted by the NMC Director Wang Chunfa, the conference was attended by the Party Secretary and Deputy Director Huang Zhenchun of the NMC, An Laishun, Deputy Chairman of Chinese Museums Association (which initiated the founding of the IAMS) and IAMS Secretary-general, Zhao Feng, Director of China National Silk Museum, Wu Zhiyue, Director of Fujian Museum, and Wang Bin, Director of Tang West Market Museum.

The NMC Director Wang Chunfa showed welcome and gratitude for the support and contributions of all related organizations to the IAMS, and indicated that the NMC would closely follow the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by General Secretary Xi Jinping, that it would do a good job in implementing the CPC Central Committee’s decisions with a strong sense of mission by shouldering responsibilities and being cooperative, and that it would implement the work plan in the six aspects and fulfill the work entrusted by the Party Leadership Group of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. An Laishun, Zhao Feng, Wu Zhiyue and Wang Bin all made speeches to show their support for the decision of the Party Leadership Group of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and they would cooperate with the IAMS Secretariat to continue to do well the work of the IAMS.

This conference made a point of sharing experience, and decided to set the Secretariat Office in the Division of Foreign Affairs, NMC, so as to ensure the smooth operation of the IAMS during the transitional period, to advance the pre-planned cultural activities and exchange programs, and to ensure the continuity of the IAMS wok. Besides, the conference has set the IAMS structure, named the outward-looking activities, put the IAMS website construction onto the agenda, specified the following work, made clear the rights and duties of all related organizations, and planned to seek deeper communication and cooperation.

III. The IAMS Secretariat Prepares for the First IAMS Conference

According to the first work conference of the adjusted IAMS Secretariat, the First IAMS Conference is scheduled to co-occur with the Eighth MPT-EXPO in Fuzhou from November 23 to 26, 2018. Currently, the Secretariat’s preparations for the conference are in full swing.

IAMS Work Plan

1. The Conference on “Museums and Tourism” shall be held at Zhangjiajie from October 16 to 17, 2018.

2. The First IAMS Conference shall be held in Fujian from November 23 to 26, 2018.

IAMS Major Events

On December 29, 2016, the Ministry of Culture issued the Belt and Road Cultural Development Action Plan (2016-2020).

On May 18, 2017, the IAMS was established and its Secretariat was announced to be established by Chinese Museums Association.

On June 29, 2018, Yu Qun, member of the Party Leadership Group of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism convened a work coordination conference of the IAMS among related leaders. He communicated the message that the Party Leadership Group of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism decided to move the IAMS Secretariat into the NMC, i.e., to change the leading organization of the IAMS from Chinese Museums Association to the NMC. Accordingly, the NMC shall be responsible for the establishment and operation of relevant mechanisms and organs. The NMC was required to build a work contingent to take on the work of the IAMC Secretariat as soon as possible.

On July 6, 2018, the first work conference of the IAMS New Secretariat was held in the NMC, which made a point of sharing experience, specifying the following work, making clear the rights and duties, and seeking deeper communication and cooperation.


Reported to: Minister Luo Shugang of Culture and Tourism, Du Jiang, member of the Party Leadership Group of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Director General Liu Yuzhu and Deputy Director Guan Qiang of State Administration of Cultural Heritage, and the NMC Director Wang Chunfa

Submitted to: Bureau for International Exchange and Cooperation (Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs Office) of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Chinese Museums Association, China National Silk Museum, Fujian Museum, Tang West Market Museum