Leading the International Publishers Association in Tbilisi to hand over the “World Book Capital” torchعاصم 2021″

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The role of Al Qasimi participates Publishers Association and booksellers Georgian plans of the International Federation for publishers to revive the book industry in the post – pandemic “Covid -19”  has seen the role of Al – Qasimi, President of the International Federation of Publishers, accompanied by the Secretary – General of the Federation Jose Burgino, the ceremony received the Georgian capital Tbilisi , the title of World Book Capital For 2021 from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, which was held recently on the sidelines of the World Book and Copyright Day, in the presence of Kakha Kaladze, Mayor of Tbilisi, Anwar bin Muhammad Zain, Deputy Governor of Kuala Lumpur City, and many other dignitaries.
It is noteworthy that the title of the World Book Capital is an idea of ​​the International Publishers Association, and was launched for the first time in 2001 under the auspices of UNESCO. The International Publishers Association chairs the Advisory Committee of the World Book Capital with delegates from the International Authors Forum and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of five world capitals of writers from the cities that have won the title or will obtain it in the future, they are: Anna Routsi, Media Officer for Athens “World Book Capital 2018”, and Bodour Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Advisory Committee of Sharjah “World Book Capital 2019”, and Anwar Bin Muhammad Zain, representative of “Kuala Lumpur, World Book Capital 2020”, Nina Macharashvili, Director of “Tbilisi World Book Capital 2021”, Marisol Schulz Manot, Director of the Guadalajara Book Fair and representative of “World Book Capital 2022”, along with Ian Denison, Head of Publishing and Marketing At UNESCO and Coordinator of the “World Book Capitals” initiative.
The attendees agreed to establish a network of all the cities that won this title, to serve as a common working platform and to ensure the sharing of experiences with future winners.
In her speech after the ceremony, Bodour Al Qasimi said: “The cultural program that Tbilisi prepared to celebrate its title as the World Book Capital is a new and valuable addition to the initiative, as it is distinguished by its focus on inspiring young people and developing their imagination through innovative methods provided by technology.”
She added: “Organizing such a ceremony usually requires a lot of effort, planning and work, especially in light of the pandemic conditions, but the Georgians were able to overcome many challenges to achieve this, and I am confident that Nina Macharashvili and the team based on the World Book Capital Program in Georgia will present events that Tbilisi and the whole of Georgia can be proud of.”
The future of the publishing industry in Georgia
In a separate meeting, Bodour Al Qasimi met with members of the Georgian Booksellers and Publishers Association, which is playing a leading role in developing the book industry in Georgia, and heard from local industry experts about the nature of the challenges they faced during the coronavirus crisis. She also shared the vision of the International Publishers Association, which aims to assist the member states of the union, direct the publishing system in general, and promote flexibility, innovation and sustainability in this sector.
The visit of the President of the International Federation of Publishers to Georgia comes after a series of visits this year to four African countries, including Egypt, Kenya, Ivory Coast and Ghana, to discuss the challenges faced by the publishing markets as a result of the Corona crisis, and ways to address them, in addition to reviewing the union’s plans to support and empower the industry recovery and full recovery.


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