From April 11 to 14, a delegation of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan, consisting of Mr. Mirzosharif Abdusalomov, the Head of the Department for the Safeguarding and Use of Historical and Cultural Heritage, Mr. Mukhamadchon Nabotov, the Chief Specialist, and Mr. Zoirkhoni Otakhon, the Director of the State Institution for Reconstruction and Conservation, made a working visit to the headquarters of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS).
During the visit, several meetings were held to discuss bilateral cooperation between institutions in the implementation of research projects, and the issues related to the UNESCO World Heritage.
As is known, in 2021, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan joined forces to complete the “Silk Road: Zarafshan-Karakum Corridor” serial transnational World Heritage nomination (IICAS was selected a Secretariat of the nomination). During the meeting, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan shared the outcomes of its efforts to improve the management of architectural and archeological sites – components of the nomination. A decision on the inscription of the Silk Road: Zarafshan-Karakum Corridor on the UNESCO World Heritage List will be made by the World Heritage Committee in September 2023.
Further technical details related to the "Silk Road: Ferghana-Syrdarya Corridor" Serial Transnational World Heritage Nomination (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan; the Secretariat of the nomination is the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan) were discussed with the participation of international experts.
Separately, the participants focused on various aspects of the preparation of the "Khatlon - ancient Khuttal" serial nomination, which is being jointly advanced by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan and IICAS. Preliminary results of the documentation of more than 200 potential nomination components formed the basis of a comprehensive comparative analysis and became another topic of substantive discussion. The dossier is planned to be forwarded to the UNESCO World Heritage Center in September 2023 to have the completeness of the draft nomination verified.
Within the framework of the visit, IICAS facilitated the meeting between the representatives of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Bukhara region in Bukhara. In the course of communication, the parties provisionally agreed to enhance cooperation, and conduct joint seminars and workshops on the conservation and safeguarding of cultural heritage sites.