Watch: IPA President Bodour Al Qasimi hails publishers as cultural curators during Barcelona speech

Bodour Al Qasimi, President of International Publishers Association (IPA), during her address
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Barcelona: Concluding her recent visit to the Iberian Peninsula, Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), has addressed delegates of the Forum Edita publishing conference held in Barcelona, Spain.

Digital piracy

Reiterating the IPA’s commitment to working with publishers associations and governments to advocate on the topic until policies align with the fundamental principles of copyright protection, she also noted the importance of engaging with readerships. She underscored the need to create cultural awareness with people who often don’t understand the damage they are doing through digital piracy.

In her closing remarks, Bodour welcomed the start of the Book Fair season, encouraged the attendees to engage with the IPA in the spirit of collaboration and unity, and invited them to attend the 33rd IPA Congress in Jakarta, Indonesia which will be held in November.

Prior to her visit to Barcelona, Bodour travelled to Portugal to meet with representatives from APEL – the Associação Portuguesa de Editores e Livreiros to discuss the latest IPA initiatives and took the opportunity to meet with local publishers during a tour of the Lisbon Book Fair – an event which is back up and running for the first time since the height of the pandemic.

Bodour meeting publishers and booksellers in Portugal
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Typically receiving half a million visitors annually, the fair is now in its 97th year and has a strong and vibrant history, but looks to the future with new projects and initiatives designed to capture the imagination of the public.

The IPA President at Lisbon Book Fair
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