A seminar on the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme and the Development of Archives Work was held at the Suzhou City Convention Centre in Suzhou China on 23 November 2016. Mr Qu Futian the mayor of Suzhou and Mr Li Minghua the chair of MOWCAP and the Director-General of the State Archives of China gave welcome speeches.
The Suzhou City Archives is home to The Archives of Suzhou Silk Samples of Modern and Contemporary Times and the speakers from China made many important comments on the importance of this collection. Mrs Xiao Peng the Director-General of the Suzhou City Archives spoke about the historical culture in silk archives. Mr Xu Yongjun an associate professor from the School of Information Resource Management at Renmin University of China spoke on the protection and development of industrial cultural heritage. Mr Yang Yongyuan, the chairman of the 6th China Silk Association spoke on Suzhou silk and the silk archives. Mr Zhao Yanchang, a Professor of the History School at Liao Ning University covered the development of local archives work and Mr Bu Jianmin, the deputy Director-General of the the Suzhou City Archives talked about the value of the inscribed items. Mr Wu Pincai, a professor at Soochow University and Dean of the Archives Department of the Social Academy spoke about how the inscription contributed to a wider understanding of the importance of the silk archives.
Other speakers were from the International Advisory Committee and Sub-Committees of the international UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Lothar Jordon (Germany, IAC) spoke about the work of the Sub-Committee on Education and Research; Dianne Macaskill (New Zealand, IAC) spoke about the importance of the Memory of the World Programme in making Pacific history visible; Jonas Palm ( Sweden, Sub-Committee on Technology ) spoke about the work of the Sub-Committee and the technical challenges of managing digital archives; Papa Momar Diop (Senegal, IAC) spoke about the expansion of Memory of the World in Africa and Vitor Fonseca(Brazil, IAC) covered the challenges and the advances of the Memory of the World Programme in South America.