SHARJAH, October 31, 2021 (WAM) – As the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) approaches, various voices representing the global publishing industry have come together for the 11th edition of the Publishers Conference three days to network and unite the efforts of the entire industry to establish a roadmap for post-pandemic recovery.
Organized by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), in partnership with the International Publishers Association (IPA) at Expo Center Sharjah, the three-day conference kicked off on Sunday, October 31, highlighting the need for collaboration and enhanced cooperation between stakeholders.
In a keynote address, Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the IPA, reiterated his commitment to helping publishers emerge stronger from the pandemic.
“As we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the IPA this year, we remember its long-standing role in giving voice to publishers around the world,” said Al Qasimi, recounting the role the IPA has played, not only during global crises, but throughout history, to address key issues, such as copyright protection, freedom to publish and the development of literacy, which affect stakeholders in the world. industry around the world.
Referring to API discussions, in the context of Covid-19 over the past 18 months, Bodour Al Qasimi said, “We want to improve multi-stakeholder cooperation and strengthen solidarity between everyone. This is why API has worked with many partners to develop the International Sustainable Publishing and Industry Resilience Plan, also known as the Inspire plan.
More than 50 publishing players have already committed to collaborate on its 10 objectives, following its recent launch. “We hope to see more business organizations endorse the plan at the Sharjah International Book Fair and strengthen our chances of a strong recovery through collective action and increased dialogue,” added the IPA chairman. .
Bodour Al Qasimi also reiterated to conference attendees that the IPA is working with different partners to help bridge the skills gap through the launch of the IPA Academy.
Upon launch, “The Academy will offer online masterclasses in multiple languages to all of our members, which will help bridge the skills gap and help our members adapt to rapidly changing trends in education. readership and consumer behavior, ”noted Al Qasimi.
Welcoming conference participants, Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, President of the SBA, spoke of Sharjah’s exemplary human-centered development journey as envisioned by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme and Sovereign Council of Sharjah.
“In 2001, the world agreed on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and in 2015, the United Nations announced the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. Vital sectors growth identified by these goals included health, education, services and food security. I suggest putting the publishing industry on this list as well, as it performs vital functions for life and progress, and paves the way for coordinated action to strengthen and uplift the entire ecosystem of the world. ‘editing,’ Al Ameri added.
Yuliia? Ozlovets, coordinator of the International Book Arsenal Festival in Kiev, Ukraine, said: “Even before Covid-19, the Ukrainian publishing industry faced several challenges. During the lockdown, we launched a program for Ukrainian writers abroad. year we have organized the Book Arsenal Festival in an online format, applying the lessons we learned during the pandemic. How should we organize book festivals in the new normal? The physical presence of publishers at a book fair, the reader’s interaction with the books, they are vital to the growth prospects of the industry, but are currently a challenge for us to run safely. and at the same time examines individual obstacles. The plan brings us together to address these issues in a collaborative and cohesive manner, ensuring that no one is left behind. “