Southeast Asia Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (SARBICA) is the first Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives. It was established at an inaugural Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 9th 1968.
The membership of SARBICA was initially limited only to a few countries, due to political factors. Today all countries of Southeast Asia are represented in SARBICA. These countries include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.
The involvement of National Archives of the Republic of Indonesia (ANRI) in SARBICA started in 1971. During that time, the country members of SARBICA were only Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippine, and Thailand. In 1975, Ms. Soemartini (the then Director General of ANRI) became the Chairwoman on SARBICA. She was also the first Indonesian who became the chair member of SARBICA. Ms. Soemartini became the Chairwoman of SARBICA during 1975 - 1978 and 1987 - 1990.
In 2003, Indonesia (ANRI) became the host of the 2nd Meeting of the Fourteenth Executive Board of SARBICA in Bogor, West Java. The inauguration of this meeting was opened by the then President of the Republic of Indonesia, Megawati Soekarno Putri. At the same time, ANRI also organized an International Seminar on the Implementation of Information Technology on Office Administration and its Implication on Archives Management.
In 2008, ANRI organized the SARBICA Executive Board Extraordinary Meeting in Bogor. This meeting was very important because it discussed the approval of the revised 1968 SARBICA Constitution. The Meeting successfully proposed some minor amendments to the Constitution and these amendments were unanimously passed by all participants of the meeting.