Congo gets a Library association
As part of AfLIA’s objective to ensure the formation of strong Library Associations on the African continent and to put the Library and Information profession on the national and continental agendas, AfLIA has been in discussions with key professionals in the Library and information sector in Congo since 2015.
AfLIA understands the importance of a Library Associations in each African country that will serve the Library and information professionals by bringing them together to collaborate, share and exchange ideas and new trends in the profession and also be equipped to serve the information and education needs of their communities.
The discussions on the formation of the first ever Library Association in Congo led to Mr Alim Garga’s (AfLIA representative) visit in July. AfLIA delegated Mr. Alim Garga, the Central African representative on AfLIA Governing Council to visit Congo for advocacy for libraries with the Ministry responsible for Libraries and also to take part in the activities towards the inauguration of Congo’s Library Association, Association des Bibliothécaires, Archivistes, Documentalistes et Muséologues du Congo en sigle (ABADMUCO).
AfLIA Representative Mr Alim Garga at the office of the Minister of Culture and Arts, Congo
AFLIA’s representative and some key Information professionals in Congo were given audience on 21st July 2016 by the Minister of Culture and Arts to deliberate on issues concerning libraries in Congo. Mr. Garga took the opportunity to outline the importance of government support for libraries especially in this era of information overload where most of information found on the internet has no authentic source and the Library is and has always been the source for quality and authentic information for informed decision making. In his presentation, he stated that, for the AU 2063’s aspiration of Access to information to be achieved for national and continental development, there is the need for Government to give strong support for libraries.
A general assembly was held on Friday, July 22 at 11:a.m. that brought together Librarians, Archivists and Museum Specialists of Congo and was also attended by the Representative of AFLIA. The chairman of the Ad Hoc committee presented his report on the preparations towards the formation of the association. Upon amendments and acceptance from members, an electoral committee was set up and elections were conducted. The election of executives was conducted peacefully.
AfLIA rep Mr. Alim Garga in Group Photo with the Minister and Execuitive members of the new Library Association of Congo
At the end of it all, Mr. AKONDZO was unanimously elected president of ABADMUCO. The newly elected first President of the Library Association gave his acceptance and commitment speech. In his speech he promised members to work hard to make the Association strong and the profession envious by others in Congo. This new Library Association is fully supported by the government through the Ministry of Culture and Arts. This is one of the achievements of AfLIA.