CAIRO: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will develop training program for Egyptian archaeologists and antiquity conservators working in the Grand Egyptian Museum, the Antiquities Ministry announced Tuesday on its Facebook page.
“Such training will improve and develop the skills of excavators and restorers, enabling them to better their work in the field and archaeological sites,” Chairman of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) archaeologist Tarek Tawfik told The Cairo Post Wednesday.
The protocol will afford the ministry of antiquities comprehensive training program for 650 Egyptian archaeologists and conservators to heighten the quality of work,” Tawfik added.
The protocol will come into force September 2014 to March 2016, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty added in the Ministry statement.
Tawfik signed the protocol on behalf of the ministry while Ku Goto, JICA’s Chief Representative of the GEM Conversation Center (GEM-CC) signed for his organization.
GEM, sited on 120 acres of land, is located two km southwest of Giza Pyramids and was scheduled to be inaugurated in August 2015 but due to funding issues, according to Damaty’s statement in Al-Ahram Thursday; it will not be inaugurated before 2017.
The construction of the three-phase project, which includes the construction of the museum’s main building and implementation of the master plan, landscape parks and surrounding site infrastructure, began in March 2012 with two phases accomplished so far.