September 10, 2012
The Government of Egypt (GOE) and the International Coalition to Protect Egyptian Antiquities (the Coalition), led by the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), American Schools of Oriental Research, the National Geographic Society, and the US-Egypt Business Council, have renewed a partnership to protect Egyptian antiquities.
In 2011, the Coalition and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt reached a mutual agreement to cooperate on a comprehensive plan to protect Egypt’s archaeological and cultural heritage sites and artifacts, which are an essential cornerstone of tourism revenue in Egypt and vital to supporting a successful economy.
The partners will commit resources to promote the protection of Egypt’s invaluable cultural heritage, which will provide a crucial basis for tourism revenue as Egypt builds a successful economy. Specifically, the partners agree to undertake the following initiatives:
The pact was co-signed by Deborah Lehr, Chairman, CAI, on Behalf of the International Coalition and Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, Ali Sayed, Antiquities Minister of State.