Held under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, this was the first IPA Regional Seminar covered publishing in the Middle East and North Africa, and the first such gathering in the Arab world. It featured a high-profile line-up of speakers who analysed the challenges and opportunities of Arab publishing, bringing together veteran publishers and bold young entrepreneurs staking their industry’s future on technology.

This was a large, two-day, 10-panel conference that tackled a catalogue of issues, from digital disruption and technology’s role in the classroom of the future, to book accessibility in conflict settings and publishing’s role in humanitarian responses.

In his closing remarks, IPA President Hugo Setzer developed a point made by Lebanese author Joumana Haddad during her keynote speech, saying: ‘I wholeheartedly agree that there is no future for the Arab world without reading. But I would take it even further, and say that without reading there is no future for humanity.’

 

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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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