Sheikha Bodour talks with AlDhabi AlMheiri during her meeting with the members of the Emirates Publishers Association.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi has met the youngest Emirati publisher, AlDhabi AlMheiri, owner of Rainbow Chimney, and talked with her about her aspirations for the future of local publishing.
This came during the meeting of President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), with the members of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA).
The meeting was a part of a series of meetings with pandemic-hit publishing markets.
Bodour praised the EPA growing it’s member network from 5 to 200 publishers successfully over the past few years.
"This is an indicator of the Emirati publishing industry’s willingness to sieze new opportunities, be methodical, collaborate, learn and grow," said Bodour.
She reinforced the IPA’s commitment to boosting the resilience of the sector and facilitating publishers’ access to new markets and opportunities and highlighted that the profound disruptions in the past year prompted a new appraisal of the sector’s pre-Covid business model.
"The IPA’s efforts are directed towards helping members build a new future for the sector," she said.
Among latest initiatives and projects designed in response to the new and emerging needs of publishers worldwide are the International Sustainable Publishing and Industry Resilience (Inspire) Charter, and the soon-to-be-launched IPA Academy.
Through a series of training courses in several languages, the IPA Academy will be a global resource designed to close the skills gap in secondary markets by enhancing the digital and technical capacities of publishers.
To promote long-term development of the sector, Al Qasimi also highlighted the importance of dialogue, knowledge-sharing and cooperation between all active stakeholders in the publishing ecosystem including publishers, printing houses, libraries, authors, distributors and designers.
“Such a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary approach will boost industry-wide solidarity and strengthen its capacity to face unprecedented challenges,” she said, calling on the EPA to participate in IPA’s 33rd International Publishers Congress to be held in November 2022 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The IPA president’s meeting with the EPA members follows a series of meetings she has held this year with publishers’ associations in Spain, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Georgia.
Sheikha Bodour encouraged Arab publishers to adopt a forward-looking approach integrated with sustainable business models to fully transform their vision, mindsets and businesses to ready themselves for operating at a global level.
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