CERLALC was born of an International Cooperation Agreement between the Colombian Government and UNESCO in 1971, and now has 21 member countries in Ibero-America. CERLALC has been working for almost half a century to promote production and circulation of books, reading and writing, and intellectual creation and protection of intellectual property.

The IPA’s strategic partnership with CERLALC formalizes and extends an established collaboration covering a broad spectrum of issues. Signed in Paris on 20 November 2019, the agreement confirms the IPA and CERLALC’s shared commitment to freedom to publish, copyright, diversity and inclusivity, and education. It also charts a path for strategic cooperation on policy and structural concerns, the collation of accurate publishing industry data, and the organization and promotion of public events.

This MOU with CERLALC extends IPA’s regional partnerships to contribute to positive change around publishing, reading and the creative economy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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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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