THIS year’s International Archives day theme unfolds the very existence of an archive to national development and the role we play as public servants.
National Archives of Solomon islands director Julian Chonigolo emphasised this at archives day marked at the National Museum’s auditorium hall yesterday.
The theme was ‘Good Records, Good Archives and Good Governance.
Ms Chonigolo said first and foremost, records and archives provide the foundation of our rights and identity.
“We must as public servants and decision makers know the necessity of records management for good governance and development,” Ms Chonigolo said.
She explained good record keeping is critical to the efficient day to day business of the government.
“It provides evidence of what a government body has done, its dealings with other bodies and why it took certain decisions.”
She pointed out that good record keeping is important for protecting government interests as well as for transparency.
Tourism permanent secretary John Wasi highlighted that well managed record keeping systems are a fundamental pillar to good governance.
“Therefore, all Solomon islands public servants have the responsibility to create records of their actions and to work in an efficient and accountable manner.”
By TRIXIE CARTER