Demetrios Michaelides, President of the ICCM, the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics and Roberto Nardi, Vicepresident, visited Morocco to organize the XI international conference on the conservation of mosaics, to be held in Volubilis during the last week of October 2011.The visit, held on May 22-26, 2010, was organized by Dr. Rachid Bouzidi, director of the site of Volubilis, member of ICCM and of the organizing committee for the ICCM 2011 conference in Volubilis.
During the three days visit Dimitri and Roberto met in Rabat the Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture, Prof. M.Ahmed Guitaae and the Director General, Prof. Abdellah Salih, with whom they discussed the details of the initiative. They both welcomed the program, provided important suggestions and offered the resources of the Ministry. They also suggested to ask for the high patronage of his Majesty of Morocco, King Mohammed VI. During the three days visit, the site and the infrastructures of Volubilis (location of the opening day), have been visited. Than the conference hall and some hotels of Meknes, the town where the actual works will happen, have been seen. Fes e Rabat, were also visited in order to see two of planned visit tours. Further results of the trip are the preparation of the draft program of the congress and of the first informative circular expected for the next month of June 2010.