Two hundred participants gathered in Lagos, Nigeria, to attend the first IPA Regional Seminar on publishing in Africa, co-organized by the Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA). The seminar brought together publishers and related professionals from Africa and beyond, and led to the development of the Lagos Action Plan.

Opening proceedings, NPA president and IPA executive committee member Gbadega Adedapo called on seminar participants to devise a ‘Lagos Action Plan 2018’, to drive the African publishing industry forward.

IPA President, Dr Michiel Kolman, warned against African governments being used as proxies in big tech’s efforts to weaken copyright protections, and stressed the interconnectivity of global publishing. He said: ‘The challenges faced in Nigeria today may be those faced somewhere else tomorrow. And the solutions of one government may inspire another.’

The seminar’s six panels examined the socio-economic contribution of the publishing industry in Africa; educational publishing; bringing the voice of African writers, publishers and content creators to the world; the role of technology in overcoming illiteracy and promoting a reading culture; addressing freedom to publish challenges in Africa; and enhancing enforcement of copyright and intellectual property (IP) laws.

 

READ THE LAGOS SEMINAR REPORT HERE:

IPA Lagos Final Report 2018

READ THE LAGOS ACTION PLAN HERE:

IPA Lagos Action Plan 2018-2019

 

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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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