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Measures enable museum reconstruction and modernisation projects

Historical Heritage

BNDES terms for bidding provide R$ 25 million for safety, modernisation and prevention proposals; provisional measure allows for the creation of heritage funds
published: Sep 05, 2018 11:20 AM last modified: Sep 05, 2018 11:20 AM
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With the goal of rebuilding the facilities of the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro and funding safety, modernisation and fire prevention proposals in other units in the country, this Tuesday (4), the government announced three measures to take immediate effect after meeting at the Presidential Palace.

They are: release of a terms for bidding worth R$ 25 million by the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) for Brazilian museums; issuing of provisional measure to allow the creation of heritage funds; and the creation of an inter-ministerial management committee to coordinate the reconstruction of the National Museum. The actions are in addition to the R$ 10 million, announced by the Rio de Janeiro state government.

Terms for bidding

Currently, there are over 500 registered museums in the country. According to BNDES president, Dyogo Oliveira, the terms for bidding is for the donation of resources, so that units may invest in safety and protection of national historical heritage.

“This aims to prevent other incidents like this (fire in Rio de Janeiro) from happening", he stated in a press conference. In the case of the National Museum, the government is negotiating for a plot of land next to the burnt out building to be added to the museum. This will create a special area to protect the part of the collection conserved in flammable liquids.

Heritage funds

Another measure announced by the government provides for changes in legislation to allow for the creation of heritage funds. They would act as a sustainable source of funds for the financing of museums and protection of the country's historical and cultural heritage. The management committee will be made up by the Ministries of Education, Culture, Foreign Affairs, the Office of the Chief of Staff and public-owned banks.

Source: Planalto