I. The IAMS Secretariat Prepares for the First IAMS Conference
According to the guideline set at the first work conference of the adjusted Secretariat of the IAMS, the First IAMS Conference is scheduled to co-occur with the Eighth MPT-EXPO themed on “New Journey in the New Era for Museums” in Fuzhou from November 23 to 26, 2018, which is co-sponsored by Chinese Museums Association, Chinese Association of Natural Science Museums and Fuzhou Municipal People’s Government. The preparations for the conference are detailed as follows:
1.Prepared the IAMS Constitution (Draft) and the List of Proposed Leading Organizations of the IAMS, made up the conference plan, and wrote the invitation letter.
2.The First IAMS Conference shall last for four days and the detailed agenda has been formulated by the Secretariat. Altogether 50 museums (agencies) in and beyond China shall come to discuss the IAMS Constitution, develop the work plan for the next three years, and attend academic forums.
3.The Secretariat has sent letters of invitation to altogether 65 national museums along the Belt and Road and other regions, and sorted out their replies. Besides, emails have been sent to promptly update them about the latest information of the conference.
II. The Secretariat Prepares to Set the IAMS Official Website
According to the guideline set at the minister work conference of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on June 29, 2018, the IAMS was required to build itself by centering on the work in six aspects, namely, “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”. According to the instructions of the NMC leaders, the IAMS Secretariat and the Information Network Department have convened work meetings to discuss the website design and webpage layout among other details. Currently, the website construction is in steady progress.
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