SHARJAH, October 30, 2021 (WAM) – Continuing her tour of pandemic-affected publishing markets around the world, International Publishers Association (IPA) President Bodour Al Qasimi was in Madrid to meet with publishers in the Spanish capital and strengthen IPA’s commitment to engage with all stakeholders to identify opportunities for global cooperation to develop strong business ecosystems and fuel growth.
Addressing representatives of various publishing houses and members of the board of directors of the Spanish Association of Publishers Guilds, Al Qasimi said that the API is in a unique position to unite the efforts of publishers to globally and to urge governments and international organizations to foster an enabling environment for publishers and publishing to function and prosper.
The association represents 86 organizations from 71 countries that together serve markets totaling more than 5.6 billion people.
Marking its 125th anniversary this year, the IPA continues to uphold the values on which it was founded, an integral element of which is its continued support to members to advance policy agendas on educational publishing and accessibility.
Al Qasimi also briefed the attendees on efforts to unify the voice and vision of the industry ecosystem through new projects implemented following the release of his From Response to Recovery report last year. New projects include the IPA Academy, a centralized global training resource that aims to improve skills and drive digital transformation, and the International Sustainable Publishing and Industry Resilience (InSPIRe) plan, which aims to strengthen solidarity and collaboration between publishers and all stakeholders in the industry value chain, including printers, authors, libraries, bookstores and illustrators.
Stating that the InSPIRe plan will help unite the industry and boost its growth, Al Qasimi reiterated the importance of close cooperation among stakeholders to boost the future of the publishing industry.
The IPA President’s visit to Spain follows a series of meetings earlier this year with publishers’ associations in Saudi Arabia, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Georgia.