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IPA Membership will Increase to 101 in 81 Countries

Explore the latest developments in global publishing with IPA's election results, committee announcements, and exciting plans for the 2024 International Publishers Congress in Guadalajara.
on Dec 01, 2023
IPA Membership will Increase to 101 in 81 Countries | Frontlist

The IPA confirmed the results of online elections and membership application decisions during its virtual General Assembly on November 21, 2023. New members of the IPA Executive, Membership, and Freedom to Publish Committees were named, as well as nine new IPA member associations.

Some long-standing contributors to the IPA's work stepped down in the elections: Trasvin Jittidecharak did not seek re-election to the Freedom to Publish Committee after serving on it since 2008; Myung-hwan Kim also stepped down from the Freedom to Publish Committee, ending his 5-year commitment to its work; Giovanni Hoepli's second term on the Executive Committee ended, though he will remain a member of the Membership Committee; and Joachim Kaufmann stepped down from the Membership Committee after expertly chairing its work for the previous 6 years. The IPA wishes to thank all four for their knowledgeable and generous contributions to the organization's work.

The General Assembly also served as an opportunity for the IPA to debut its new website and announce details for the 2024 International Publishers Congress, which will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from December 3-6, 2024.

More information about the IPA Congress and the release of a worldwide publishing data report will be announced at the 2023 Guadalajara Book Fair.

IPA President Karine Pansa commented on the membership applications, saying, "It is wonderful to see so many publishers' associations applying for IPA membership and recognising the value that IPA brings to the international publishing community." Congratulations on your successful applications, everyone. We can't wait to start collaborating.

IPA Secretary General José Borghino commented on the new committee members, saying, "The members of our committee are what makes IPA tick." We are really grateful to each of them for the effort they devote to promoting worldwide publication. Congratulations to everyone who was re-elected, especially Ahmed Rashad, Yoshiaki Yoshino, Jaeho Kang, and Ramesh Mittal, who will join the Executive, Freedom to Publish, and Membership Committees.

The following will become new IPA members on January 1, 2024:

Provisional members:

Bangladesh Publishers & Booksellers Association
Bulgarian Book Association
Cámara Costarricense del Libro
Book Publishers Association of Malawi
Book Development Association of the Philippines
Publishers Association of Tanzania
Cámara Uruguaya del Libro

Patron members :
Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Philippine Book Publishing Development Federation

The whole election results are as follows:

Executive Committee of the IPA:

Carlo Michele OLIVERO (Italy) takes over the statutory seat previously held by Giovanni HOEPLI. Iroo Joo (Korea) was appointed to fill the Korean PA's statutory seat for a second three-year term.

The following candidates were chosen for the five available Director positions:

  • Kathy BAIL (Australia, re-elected)
  • Roberto BANCHIK (Mexico, re-elected)
  • Kenan KOCATÜRK (Türkiye, re-elected)
  • Ahmed RASHAD (new member, Egypt)
  • Pedro SOBRAL (Portugal, re-elected)

The following candidates were chosen for the four open seats on the Freedom to Publish Committee:

  • Roberto BANCHIK (Mexico, re-elected)
  • Kristenn EINARSSON (Norway, re-elected)
  • Jessica SAENGER (Germany, re-elected)
  • Yoshiaki YOSHINO (new member, Japan)

In addition, the General Assembly approved Jaeho Kang (Korea) as a substitute for Myung-hwan Kim (Korea).

The following applicants were chosen to fill the five available seats on the Membership Committee:

  • Catherine BLACHE (France, re-elected)
  • Dante CID (Brazil, re-elected)
  • Giovanni HOEPLI (Italy, re-elected)
  • Ramesh MITTAL (India)
  • Maxwell WAHOME (Kenya, re-elected)

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