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Jakarta Post

National archive system a mess: Govt official

  • Rana Akbari Fitriawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 17 2010   /  12:19 pm

The outdated and inefficient national archives system must be renovated quickly to streamline bureaucracy and transparency at government institutions, a government official says. "This is partly due to the fact that a number of institutions regard archival work as merely *documentation'," said Tasdik Kinanto, the secretary of the Administrative Reforms Ministry, in Bandung. Law No 43 2009 on national archives stipulates that all government institutions keep well-organized and efficient archives. Tasdik said that good management of government archives was essential because the performances of state administrations and institutions were judged and compared with historical records contained in the archives, and that the archives also had educational and strategic value. "The national archive system is essential to the bureaucratic reform," he said, adding that the nation...