Emirates News Agency – The International Association of Publishers to hold a symposium on the impact of the Covid pandemic on the global publishing industry


GENEVA, 15th February, 2022 (WAM) — The International Publishers Association (IPA) will host a virtual symposium on Thursday on the outcomes of a series of InSPIRe workshops involving publishers, distributors, authors, educators , book fairs and reading, literacy and free speech advocates.

InSPIRe is a broad consultation led by the IPA to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global publishing and offer recommendations to increase industry resilience and sustainability.

The Directors General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, and of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Daren Tang, will open the symposium.

The workshops built on the first results of a survey of signatories of the InSPIRe charter which was published at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2021 as the InSPIRe report. The workshops dissected the challenges, opportunities and prospects for partnership in the five areas identified as priorities by those consulted by InSPIRe: copyright, freedom to publish, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and technology and innovation. The workshops were a unique discussion platform for a cross-section of professionals from the wider publishing space to contribute their views, experiences and ideas.

API Secretary General José Borghino will moderate a discussion of the results with John Degen, Executive Director of the Writers‘ Union of Canada and President of the International Authors Forum (IAF); Andre Breedt, CEO of Nielsen Book; and Jean-Luc Treutenaere, co-president of the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF).

IPA President Bodour Al Qasimi said: “I am extremely proud of the leadership of the International Association of Publishers who have convened such a distinguished group of stakeholders to co-develop a global publishing industry. more durable and resilient. This is one of the first times I can recall the industry being able to establish a global, multi-stakeholder discussion about the future of publishing. Despite sometimes conflicting industry interests, the International Publishers Association has stepped in at one of the most critical times for our industry to set aside differences and challenge siled thinking. We must build on this solidarity for a future-proof publication.


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