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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:06 pm    Post subject: Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, Khaled Al-Enani... Reply with quote

"Challenges for Antiquities" (Al-Ahram Weekly - Nevine El-Aref, 14 July, 2016)

"Three months after being appointed Egypt’s minister of antiquities, Khaled Al-Enani tells Nevine El-Aref about the challenges ahead

Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Enani began his tenure in Prime Minister Sherif Ismail’s second cabinet in March. His mission has been to solve the ministry’s budgetary problems that have been likely to prevent suspended works from being completed, whether the construction of new museums or the development of existing ones.

Improving both the ministry’s infrastructure and personnel is another task, as is working in collaboration with the ministries of tourism, civil aviation and investment in order to provide the means to improve the infrastructure at Egypt’s archaeological sites and tourist destinations, to encourage and restore tourism, and to attract investment to the country.

Other pressing issues are the removal of encroachments on monuments or in archaeological site buffer zones, something that occurred during the breakdown of security after the 25 January Revolution, and the recovery of looted or illegally smuggled artefacts, whether from illegal excavations or incidents in the aftermath of the revolution.

Al-Ahram Weekly spoke to Al-Enani in his office decorated with replicas of ancient Egyptian and Islamic art to find out how much he has achieved and what challenges remain.

The walls are covered with ceramic gravures in foliage patterns. A replica of the well-known ancient Egyptian painting of the Meidum Geese decorates the office entrance wall, while a large map of Egypt showing the country’s archaeological sites is on the wall at the far end. The side tables are decorated with replicas of the lion god Sekhmet, the justice goddess Maat, the boy king Tutankhamun astride a panther and hunting on a papyrus skiff, and two large replicas of Islamic vases painted with foliage motifs and geometrical designs. ..."

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