Site-visit to the potential Silk Roads properties in Tajikistan
During the Sub-regional Workshop on Support of the Silk Roads in Central Asia, organised in October 2018 by the Office of UNESCO in Almaty and Japan’s Trust Fund, IICC-X as the international secretariat of the Coordinating Committee on the Serial Transnational World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads, kindly replied to Tajikistan delegation with their request to render consultative, intellectual and technical assistance to the nomination preparing for 9 potential properties in Republic of Tajikistan.
Invited by the National Commission for UNESCO Republic of Tajikistan, coordinated by IICC-X, a delegation visited Tajikistan during January 14-20, 2019, led by the newly elected Co-Chair Professor Lv Zhou of the Coordinating Committee on the Serial Transnational World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads. Other delegates are: the Director of Secretariat IICC-X, Director of the World Cultural Heritage Centre under the Academy of Cultural heritage of China, Deputy Director of the Cultural Heritage Department under the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China.
This visit was jointly organised and co-sponsored by IICC-X and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan. Accompanied by the Deputy Minister Ms. Zevar Davlatzoda during the whole trip, the delegation investigated 9 properties in Sogd State, Tajikistan that have the potential to be inscribed in the preliminary nomination list of the “Silk Road: Fergana-Syrdarya Corridor”.
The delegation had conducted a conscientious inspection, provided suggestions and guidance on the protection, conservation, management and planning for all 9 properties. The outcome was based on the study of history and attributes, assesment of over-all and detailed statues, discussion and comprehensive analyse with Tajikistan collegues.
During the official meeting, Mr. Ahmadzoda Rajabboy, Governor of the Sogd State expressed his gratitute, hoped that with the support and assistance from the delegation, the cultural heritages in Sogd would be inherited from generation to generation, and to benefit today and tomorrow. Mr. Orumbekzoda Shodibek, Minister of Culture of Tajikistan, Ms. Zulfiya Burkhon, Director of Secretariat of the National Commission for UNESCO Republic of Tajikistan, Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Khujand City, as well as regional officials and cultural administration staffs accompanied with the investigation.
The Investigation Handbook compiled by IICC-X
In the discussion, IICC-X indicated that its coordination functions will be further enhanced, to facilitate more intellectual assistance and technical guidance, transnational training and symposiums with Central Asian countries along the Silk Roads. Collegues in Tajikistan also expressed their gratitude and were looking forward to IICC-X’s 2019 plan.The visit was a great success.