1. General Provisions

The International Alliance of Museums of the Silk Road (IAMS) is a non-governmental, non-profit and open international cooperation mechanism and communication platform in the field of museums for countries and regions along the Silk Road. The IAMS advocates internationalization, openness and democracy. Itsmembers should respect each other’s traditional customs and comply with laws and regulations.


2. Mission

The IAMS is committed to actively exploring thematic exhibitions, information sharing, joint research, professional exchanges and personnel training in the field of cultural heritage in countries and regions along the Silk Road, promoting international cooperation among museums in countries and regions along the Silk Road, and strengthening contact and cooperation with international institutions and organizations related to these museums. It is also dedicated to improving the society’s attention to and participation in cross-cultural exchanges and cooperation, thus forging a bond of friendships for all people on the Silk Road.

Its mission includes:

1)Enhancing mutual understanding and friendships by implementing cooperation and exchanges in museum-related services such as exhibitions, professionals and cultural heritage protection;

2)Exploring the feasibility of an information sharing website of the IAMS in countries and regions along the Silk Road through cooperation in the digital field;

3)Spreading extensively to the world the rich histories and cultures of countries and regions along the Silk Road through regular IAMS Conferences;

4)Encouraging members to cooperate in the following areas:

(1) Holding the IAMS Conference on a regular basis;

(2) Presenting joint exhibitions to accompany the IAMS Conference;

(3) Organizing museum directors’ forums to accompany the IAMSConference;

(4) Having exhibition exchanges among IAMS members;

(5) Having professional exchanges and trainings among IAMS members;

(6) Having exchanges and cooperation in the field of cultural heritage protection among IAMS members;

(7) Carrying out cooperation in digitization and exploring the feasibility ofan information sharing website of the IAMS in countries and regions along the Silk Road;

(8) Carrying out other museum-related exchanges and cooperation.


3. Members

The IAMS now has 158 members, including 47 international institutions and 111 Chinese institutions.

3.1 Member application and withdrawal procedures

In the spirit of openness, the IAMS is growing its members.

The member admission procedures are as follows:

1)Submitting an application for membership;

2)Discussed and approved by the Executive Council; and

3)A membership certificate issued by the Secretariat.

The withdrawal of a member from the IAMS shall be notified to the Secretariat in written form. The membership shall be automatically cancelled if a member fails to participate in activities of the IAMS for five consecutive years.

3.2 Membership eligibility

1)Supporting the initiative of establishing the IAMS and the Statutes;

2)Having the will to join the IAMS;

3)Having a certain impact in the museum circle; and

4)Obeying the leadership of the IAMS and actively participating in activities organized by the IAMS.

3.3 Rights of members

1)Sharing resources of the IAMS in accordance with the Statutes andrelated agreements;

2)Organizing or supporting activities in the name of the IAMS with the approval from the Executive Council; and

3)Joining or withdrawing from the IAMS voluntarily.

3.4 Obligations of members

1)Complying with the Statutes, rules and regulations, and implementing resolutions of the IAMS;

2)Actively participating in activities organized by the IAMS, providingresource support, and striving to contribute to the building and development of the IAMS;

3)Safeguarding the interests and legitimate rights of the IAMS; and

4)Receiving supervision and inspection of the IAMS regarding projects that are applied for or undertaken in the name of the IAMS, and performingthe contract as agreed.


4. Organization

The organization consists of the Executive Council and the Secretariat.

4.1 Executive Council

The Executive Council consists of the President, Secretary General and Vice Presidents. Now it has six members and the total number of members shall not exceed 21.

4.1.1 Members of the Executive Council are as follows:

1)President - Director of the National Museum of China

2)Secretary General - Deputy Director of the National Museum of China

3)Vice President - Secretary General of the Chinese Museums Association

4)Vice President - Director of the China National Silk Museum

5)Vice President - Director of the Fujian Museum

6)Vice President - Director of the Tang West Market Museum

7)Vice President - Director of the National Museum of Myanmar

8)Vice President - Director of the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan

9)Vice President - Director of the National Museum of History ofAzerbaijan

10)Vice President - Director of the National Museum in Belgrade, Serbia

4.1.2 Tenure

If a member of the Executive Council is no longer in the position of his/her unit due to retirement or resignation, and is replaced by another person, the name of the successor shall be notified to the Secretariat in time and confirmed by the Executive Council Meeting.

4.1.3 President’s authority

The President has the right to convene the Executive Council Meeting.

4.1.4 President’s responsibility

The President is responsible for notifying the members of the decisions made at the Executive Council Meeting.

4.1.5 Secretary General’s duties

1)Managing daily work of the Secretariat and organizing the implementation of the annual work plan; and

2)Handling other daily tasks.

4.2 Secretariat

The Secretariat is based at the National Museum of China (located at the east side of the Tian’anmen Square, Beijing, China)

1)Head of the General Office of the Secretariat - Head of the International Department of the National Museum of China

2)Deputy Head of the General Office of the Secretariat - Deputy Secretary General of the Chinese Museums Association

3)Members of the Secretariat - Staff of the National Museum of China

4.3 Liaison officer

Each member shall appoint a liaison officer responsible for liaison with the Secretariat.


5. Conference and Meeting

5.1 The IAMS Conference is held every two years. The aim is to promote the development of and cooperation among museums in countries and regions along the Silk Road, and to effectively carry out exchanges and cooperation among countries and regions along the Silk Road.

5.2 The Executive Council Meeting shall be convened at least once a year by the Secretariat, and participated in by the Executive Council members. The Meeting can be held with the presence of more than half of the Executive Council members, and any resolution shall come into force upon being adopted at the Meeting.

5.3 The First IAMS Conference and Executive Council Meeting

The First IAMS Conference will be held in November 2018 in Fujian, China toset the Statutes. The Executive Council Meeting will be held at the same time in November 2018in Fujian, China to vote on and adopt the Statutes.


6. Funds

The National Museum of China is responsible for the daily expenses of the IAMS Secretariat. It encourages the members to actively carry out activities. The specific activities are funded by the participating units.


7. Dispute Resolution

Any dispute shall be handled through friendly negotiation. If the negotiation fails,the dispute shall be submitted to a third-party arbitral institution for arbitration, andthe arbitration award shall be final and binding on all parties to the dispute.


8. Supplementary Provisions

The Statutes will be voted on at the First IAMS Conference held on 24 November 2018 and will take effect immediately.The right of interpretation and revision of the Statutes shall be vested in the Executive Council.


24th November 2018