The Africa Action Plan Committee comprises a cross-section of seasoned African publishers tasked with taking forward the commitments made during the Lagos Seminar. Originally called the Lagos Action Plan Committee, this evolved group is responsible for delivering on an expanded brief to address the major challenges that are stifling the continent’s vast potential to be a world publishing powerhouse.

The committee’s priority issues are:

  • Gathering of accurate publishing industry data
  • Copyright awareness and protection
  • National book and reading policies
  • Advocacy for reading and literacy promotion
  • Training and capacity building
  • An award for African books


The committee members are:

  • Amina Hachimi Alaoui (Morocco) – Éditions Yanbow Al Kitab
  • Aminata Sy (Sénégal) – Nouvelles Éditions Africaines du Sénégal
  • Brian Wafawarowa (South Africa) – PASA, IPA
  • Ernest Oppong (Ghana) – APNET
  • Gbadega Adedapo (Nigéria) – NPA; IPA
  • Isabelle Kassi Fofana (Côte d'Ivoire) – Akwaba Culture Association
  • Lawrence Njagi (Kenya) – Committee Chair; KPA; IPA
  • Lily Nyariki (Kenya) – ADEA
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Regional Action

The IPA Regional Seminars are the brainchild of IPA Vice-President Bodour Al Qasimi, who has driven and implemented them as a way to leverage the IPA’s unique convening power among publishing stakeholders worldwide.

These gatherings provide a unique, multisectoral platform for original thinking, creative collaboration, and decisive action to stimulate and shape the future of publishing in a given region.

They are attended by hundreds of publishers, policymakers, educationalists, entrepreneurs and creative industry stakeholders with the common goal of making publishing an innovative, influential and universally beneficial force in a given region.


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