World heritage centre planned for Cairo
Specialists would assist in protecting World Heritage Sites in Africa
By Gareth Harris. Web only
Published online: 07 May 2013
Unesco has declined to comment on reports in the Egyptian press that it plans to set up a regional centre for world heritage in Cairo.
According to the website Ahram Online, Unesco’s director general Irina Bokova discussed establishing such a centre in the Egyptian capital with Mohamed Ibrahim, the minister of state for antiquities, during a recent meeting.
Specialists at the planned venue would assist in protecting archaeological sites in Africa included on the World Heritage list. African archaeologists would also receive training in conserving and studying artefacts and monuments.
At the same meeting, concerns were also raised about the archaeological area in Dahshur, an ancient pyramid site on the west bank of the Nile river.
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