Bodour Al Qasimi urges Bosnian publishers to seize opportunities to build a better, stronger future

Bodour Al Qasimi urges Bosnian publishers to seize opportunities to build a better, stronger future

International Publishers Association President highlights robust initiatives in place to ensure the long-term success of the wider publishing ecosystem.

Sarajevo, June 27, 2022

President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), Bodour Al Qasimi has travelled to Sarajevo to meet with stakeholders from the publishing communityof Bosnia and Herzegovina as they continue in their recovery and response to the challenges presented by the global pandemic, and by increasing global instability.

Underscoring the IPA’s mission to support and promote publishing for all of its members, Bodour engaged in discussions with members of the Community of Publishers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and enjoyed productive conversation with the mayor of Sarajevo Benjamina Karic.

During her meeting with Mayor Karic,Bodour explained the work the IPA is undertaking and shared her belief in the importance of a resilient and sustainable publishing sector – underscoringthe vital rolea vibrant and active reading culture hasin society as a whole.

She then listened to Mayor Karic as she shared information about projects in Sarajevo, including the restoration of a library which was damaged in the Bosnian war of the early 1990s.The IPA Presidentcommended Mayor Karic for undertaking such an inspirational project and for supporting the publishing community.

During extremely valuable discussionswith theCommunity of Publishers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bodourlistened to, and took note of the concerns and ideas of its members.

She encouragedBosnian publishers to take advantage of the world-class learning resources and the upskilling and capacity-building opportunities offered by the newly launched IPA Academy – an online learning portal designed to provide crucial support to help publishers bridge skills gaps and adapt to ongoing challenges facing the global publishing industry.

The IPA Academy contains an ambitious program of high-value and carefully curated learning opportunities designed by the IPA in conjunction with New York University (NYU), Oxford Brookes University, and the Publishing Training Centre, UK, and is free to all IPA members.

Finally, Bodour reiterated the need for solidarity and cooperation from all publishing stakeholders to strengthen the global publishing framework and to future-proof the industry.

She explained that cooperation and solidarity are essential and building a more sustainable, diverse, inclusive and collaborative global book ecosystem and gave members of the Community of Publishers of Bosnia and Herzegovinaan update on recent developments with the IPA’s International Sustainable Publishing and Industry Resilience (InSPIRe) initiative.

-ENDS-

1 -2: Bodour Al Qasimi,President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), during her meeting with the mayor of Sarajevo Benjamina Karic.

3:Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), during the meeting with the Community of Publishers of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s