RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Culture on Wednesday announced the formation of the board of directors of the Museums Commission to be headed by Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Deputy Minister of Culture Hamed bin Mohammed Fayez as deputy chairman.
The three-year membership is renewable provided the board holds its meetings four times a year or whenever the need arises.
Other board members include Markus Hilgert, Rifaat Medhat Sheikh El-Ard Al-Saud, Chris Dirkon, Jennifer Stockman and Mona Khazindar.
The commission will operate under its executive CEO, Dr. Stefano Carbone, and will develop the museum sector, empowering local talents and supporting employees and Saudi practitioners.
Tasks include setting a strategy for the museum sector within the framework of the Saudi National Culture Strategy and following up its implementation upon approval by the ministry.
The Museums Commission will encourage financing and investing, proposing standards and measures for the museum sector, and encouraging individuals, institutions and companies to produce and develop content.
The commission will also work on setting training courses, adopting professional training programs, building educational programs, and providing scholarships for young talents.
It will also protect intellectual property rights in areas related to museums and establish a database for the museum sector.