A group of library and archives professionals visits InfoFort

A group of library and archives professionals along with historians visited InfoFort 22 Mile, Savar, on 01 December 2018. InfoFort is a leading Records and Information Management Solution Provider in the Middle East and Africa offering services in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Algeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, and Uganda. They have started their operation in Bangladesh since 2014.

In response to the invitation of InfoFort Director & CEO Mr M.H. Khusru, Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society (BARMS) organized the programme. Professor Dr Sharif Uddin Ahmed, President of BARMS, Mr Jalal Ahmed, Additional Secretary, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and General Secretary, BARMS, Dr Md. Nazim Uddin, Senior Manager, LISU, icddr,b, Dr Md. Zahid Hossain Shoeb, University Librarian, NSU, Mrs Tahmina Akter, Deputy Director, National Archives, Mr Ali Akbar, National Archives, Mr A.K.M. Nurul Alam, Mr Burhan Uddin, Mr Elias Kanchan, and some other archivists, historians and journalists were in the group.

After the security check and a short briefing, Mr Md. Showkat Hossain Chowdhury, Head – Business Operation of InfoFort accompanied the group to visit the document archives building. Mr Chowdhury briefed the team about their work procedures and building structure. The group physically visits the archives and observed the modern structure of the archives. Mr Chowdhury also briefed that the building is BUET certified, fire-proof, flood free and electric wire free. There is no electric light source inside except natural light coming from the rooftop. After the physical visit, a short presentation was given. In the discussion, the team advised InfoFort to set up a research wing to contribute the nation and for the development of archives.

At the end of the programme, BARMS Chairman thanked InfoFort for giving the opportunity to visit the Archives. He also mentioned that it was a really very new experience for them as the concept was very new in the country. The programme ended with lunch and photo-session.