East Asian regional branch

The idea to establish EASTICA was first initiated during the 12th International Congress on Archives in Montreal in 1992 by China, Japan, Macao and the Republic of Korea, with a view to creating a regional professional organization in East Asia to carry out the general objectives of the International Council on Archives.

The proposal was supported by Mongolia, Hong Kong and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. EASTICA was formally founded as the 10th Regional Branch of ICA on 7 July 1993 at the Inaugural Conference in Beijing, hence a complete network of ICA Regional Branches was established throughout the world.


EASTICA was created with the aim to carry out the general objectives of the International Council on Archives, and to:

  • establish, maintain and strengthen relations between archivists of the region;
  • take measures for the preservation, protection and defense against all hazards of the archival heritage;
  • facilitate access to and promote use of archives in the region;
  • promote, organize and coordinate activities in the field of archives;
  • sponsor professional training of archivists in the region;
  • cooperate with other organizations or institutions concerned with the documentation of human experience and the use of that documentation for the benefit of mankind;
  • and organize seminars, symposia and other meetings, on specific themes of mutual interest to members in the region.