Senior officials from Qatar Museums (QM) welcomed their counterparts from Sudan for a series of meetings to review the continued progress and success of the Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project (QSAP).
QM chief executive officer Mansoor bin Ebrahim al-Mahmoud, also special adviser to the chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, led a group of senior colleagues in welcoming to Qatar Dr Mohamed Abu Zaid Mustafa, Sudan’s minister of tourism, antiquities and wildlife. 
He will be joined by senior representatives from the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums (NCAM).
Together, high-ranking members of the Sudanese government and representatives from QM and NCAM make up the steering committee of QSAP – a body with responsibility for the strategic direction of the programme. 
In the coming days, the steering committee will undertake a series of meetings to review activity to date and chart the next phase in the programme’s 
“QM is a natural partner for such an ambitious and large-scale programme given the robust strength of our cultural heritage sector and the expertise and experience that we have developed over the years,” al-Mahmoud said. 
The visit is emblematic of the strong and constructive dialogue and collaboration between QM and its counterparts at NCAM. It reflects the strength and depth of the ties that exist between the two countries, which have characterised the programme since it launched in 2012.
QSAP is a large-scale programme that aims to investigate, preserve and promote Sudan’s remarkable heritage and history. 
The programme represents a bold and transformative approach to heritage resource management for Sudanese Nubia designed to consolidate and preserve ancient sites by supporting archaeological surveys of unexplored landscapes and the excavation and conservation of these sites.
In effect, the programme acts as a catalyst that brings together fragmented expertise in the heritage sector in Sudan into a cohesive and sustained effort for the benefit of the country’s history. 
QSAP focuses on providing sustained support to create, grow and implement regional strategies of heritage management and actively includes communities that live near archaeological sites and which stand to benefit economically from thriving 
cultural tourism.
QM provides funding through QSAP to currently 42 missions from 25 institutions and 12 countries involved in the excavation and conservation of heritage sites that date from the prehistoric era until the pre-modern period. 
One of the key features of the programme is that this funding enables longer, more scientifically focused excavation and post-excavation research. It allows for recruiting additional experts, using innovative and cutting-edge technologies, including 3D modelling, photography and sophisticated anthropological survey. 
Under the QSAP umbrella more broadly, Qatar, represented by QM, has provided to date more than $50mn in financial support for the archaeological missions working in Sudan 
since 2012. 
This unprecedented investment has enabled dramatic change in the way research, preservation and education are carried out around Sudan’s 
historical landmarks.

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