The government has given its attention to the records as they constitute an important source for the national memory. And for the first time the government issued legal texts in this regard, which are the bases for the field of records and archives and the establishment of the National Records and Archives Authority to perform its assigned tasks and to prepare specialists in providing support to all concerned bodies to build a modern records management system. This system deals with records since its creation in the government units, and through the stages they underwent up to their final disposition either permanent conservation in NRAA as part of the national heritage or their destruction. Since its inception, NRAA has also been able to carry out the following tasks:
•Preparation of specialists and building their own abilities by implementing an integrated scientific training program in order to obtain Diploma and Bachelor Degree.
•Establishment of records department in all government units.
•Embarking on building the system in a number of bodies and has been able to complete the system in eighteen government units in a coordination with a number of government units.
•Embarking on housekeeping records system which represents the similar topics such as the activity of the offices of the government unit heads, financial, human and material resources; because it is useless to build those common aspects in each unit separately. NRAA will be able to complete this system within a full year which is represented in preparing a complete index for the different sorts of records and circulated files in these aspects ,and assigning a classification scheme and a retention schedule system for them.
•Completion of the said work system determines the types of the files that will be migrated to NRAA’s building whose engineering designs have being in preliminary to its construction. The building is supposed to be completed at the end of the foundation stage of this system which is estimated for four years.
•Embarking on collecting records related to Sultanate from international records centers and archives. The tasks of this stage may continue for many years as NRAA made the inventory of relevant institutions abroad, and carried out the necessary contacts in order to obtain the sets of records belonging to the Sultanate.