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Mbanza Congo Registration for World Heritage Status

Posted on Sep, 3, 2014
Contributed to WCHV by Anahit

MbanzaAs reported recently by AllAfrica website, in a ceremony attended by government officials as well as UNESCO World Heritage official for the Africa region, the registration was announced.

As stated by the secretary of State for Culture, Cornélio Caley, that the project to register the capital city of the northern Zaire province with UNESCO’s World Heritage list aims, among other purposes, at the rescue of Angola’s African-ness and cultural identity.

The secretary headed a delegation comprising national experts and UNESCO officials for the Africa region stressing that the project “Mbanza Congo” intends to disclose the historical past of this ancient capital of the Congo Kingdom. Secretary Caley spoke at the end of the ceremony of handover by the Government of a facility to serve as an office for the drafting of the application for Mbanza Congo as a World Heritage to be submitted to UNESCO in January 2015.

He added that once the phase of archaeological excavations are completed, the next step will be to gather the elements for all specialists involved like historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and architects, to contribute with ideas to the drafting of the application. At the same time, the foreign experts were asked to help with the discovery of documents related to the history of Mbanza Congo.

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