Dear colleagues, dear friends of FIAT/IFTA,
Less than two weeks have passed since the 2021 FIAT/IFTA World Conference. We counted almost 400 participants and almost 100 speakers spread over 67 sessions. I am also very happy that it has become a truly global conference, bringing together representatives from more than 50 countries, from all continents. The conference had to take place online once again, yet we kept our focus on Africa, which has been an important objective from the start. By resolutely confirming Cape Town as the host city for our World Conference for next year, we reiterate our commitment to the African continent and the African media archives community.
I would like to mention two successful World Conference sessions in particular. Firstly, there were the Archive Achievement Awards, which again this year demonstrated the dynamism, innovative strength and creativity of the field of media archiving. Congratulations once again not only to the winners, but to all shortlisted candidates. In addition, I would also like to point out the two wonderful Save Your Archive projects that we were able to support together with our partners Prasad and Memnon and that introduced themselves to a wider audience for the first time at the conference. Finally, I once again express feelings of profound gratitude to everyone who contributed to the organisation of the 45th edition of the World Conference.
After a few days of well deserved rest, both the FIAT/IFTA Commissions and the Executive Council started preparing for the next working year 2022. We can't give many details yet, but we are determined to continue with our fixed values and add a few interesting new initiatives that combine the benefits of online and on-site working and meeting. Our goal remains to act as the network and forum par excellence that provides you with inspiration, guidance and good contacts that are useful from high to low within your organization, whatever your professional plans may look like.
We look forward to meeting you again soon!