ABU DHABI, 27th April, 2018 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADIBF, saw the launch of the third meeting of the Directors of Arab Book Fairs, with the participation of leading Arab publishers, which explored the latest developments in the publishing industry, the challenges and issues faced by Arab publishers, and the need to introduce new mechanisms and systems to promote the regional advancement of the industry.
On behalf of Abdullah Majid Al Ali, Director of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Mohamed Al Shehhi, Director of Research and Publications at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, DCT Abu Dhabi, and Chairman of the Third Meeting of the Directors of Arab Book Fairs, thanked Kuwait in his opening remarks for its ongoing efforts to support the publishing industry and Arab book fairs, as well as to make the previous meeting a success.
“The combined efforts between publishers and book fair organisers are invaluable, and the positive effects of initiatives such as the Meeting of Directors of Arab Book Fairs are reflected by the growth of book fairs in the region, as well as the developments witnessed by the industry. We hope that our meeting today is another step in the right direction in addressing key issues facing the industry, such as intellectual property rights and copyright infringements. We also hope that our ongoing efforts to develop the standards of Arab book fairs will be evident to all visitors and participants, as we improve annually,” he said.
Al Shehhi stressed that promoting and developing the publishing industry is a mission of DCT Abu Dhabi and remains a key future priority.
Saad Al Enezi, Director of the Kuwait Book Fair, said, “This annual meeting is an opportunity for the industry to come together and address key current issues faced by the publishing industry in the Arab world. Since our first session, we have worked diligently to monitor trends and develop realistic strategies, which once implemented will advance the sector for all stakeholders. The roadmap to our combined success places responsibility in the hands of all partners.”
“The title of our meeting today signifies the future vision of the publishing industry in the Arab world, and together, we have created a plan that will help us achieve our common goals. Through these meetings, we can address the obstacles and challenges faced by the industry, as well as ensure that we can keep pace with international advancements. Publishing, literature and the transfer of knowledge are invaluable tools in the fight against all forms of extremism and terrorism, so it is crucial that the youth of our nations have access to education and knowledge, through the medium of books and reading,” he added.
In his address, Mohamed Rashad, President of the Arab Publishers Union and the Egyptian-Lebanese Chamber of Commerce, thanked Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, and Saif Saeed Ghobash, Under-Secretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, for their patronage and support for the meeting. He also thanked Al Ali and Al Shehhi while stating that the main purpose of reviving the Committee of Directors of Arab Book Fairs is to communicate and cooperate to ensure the success of their exhibitions, as well as to improve the level of participation in Arab book fairs for Arab publishers.
Book fairs are annual cultural events that attract readers from around the Arab world, he added while highlighting their importance to promoting cultural knowledge, as well as to economic, social and political development.