MASVINGO- The Association of Archives and Records Management Practitioners of Zimbabwe (AARMP), an organisation dedicated to preserving information, records and archives management has been launched in Masvingo.
AARMP was launched in Masvingo at Chevron, a Regency Group Hotel last week.
Masvingo Minister for State Ezra Chadzamira was the guest of honour. He was represented by the province’s Permanent Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Dr Addmore Pazvakavambwa.
Government departments’ representatives, Zimra, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, local authorities, National Archives of Zimbabwe and Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) members among other organisations attended the launch.
The conference ran under the theme: Retooling and Re-skilling for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Records, Information and Archives Management.
AARMP president Shepherd Pondiwa said Records and information are the nerve centre of any organisation.
“The organisation was formed in June this year. We chose to launch it in Masvingo because the province is rich in cultural heritage and the history of Zimbabwe. This is our inaugural national annual conference and the official launch of our Archives and Records Association.
We have representatives in all provinces. Our idea is to encourage a culture of managing records and archives. Records and information are the nerve centre of any organisation and if they are not managed well could cause the collapse of any system.
“We came to discuss strategies and how we can manage records and information in every province. We are very happy that representatives from National Archives of Zimbabwe are here guiding us on how we should operate since they have the overall role of managing national heritage of information and records,” he said.
Chadzamira said AARMP has a profound impact on the functioning of organizations by preserving cultural heritage and the empowerment of individuals in communities.