Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, Director-General (DG) of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), met with Dr. Khaled El-Anany, Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, and together they explored ways to promote cooperation between ICESCO and Egypt in the field of preserving and safeguarding heritage.
During the meeting, held on Sunday, September 26, 2021, in Cairo, the two parties reviewed the latest developments regarding the preparations for holding the International Conference on Combating Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property and its Restitution, scheduled to be held in Egypt. Both parties reaffirmed the importance of setting a date for such a major event that would ensure the wider participation of countries most affected by this phenomenon. Both Dr. El-Anany and Dr. AlMalik highlighted the significance of the conference in countering the illicit trafficking of cultural property and ensuring its restitution to their original countries.
The meeting also underscored the importance of cultural tourism, which would likely contribute to creating job opportunities and provide revenues that could in turn be used in preserving and safeguarding heritage. The meeting also discussed the inscription of more Egyptian heritage sites on ICESCO’s Islamic World Heritage List.
At the close of the meeting, ICESCO DG presented Dr. El-Anany with the Certificate of Inscription of the Nilometer on the Islamic World Heritage List, as part of some of Egypt’s historic sites and cultural elements on the List.